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The 2021–2022 Equity & Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series continues Jan. 13 with author and clinical psychologist Beverly Tatum. “A Conversation with Beverly Tatum about Race and Racism” will take place via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. Watch a recording here.

The ongoing senseless killing of Black individuals has prompted much-needed and long-overdue conversations about race and racism. Many wonder, “How do we talk about this with our kids? How do we teach them about racial identity and equality?” Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, an award-winning clinical psychologist, a national authority on racial issues in America, and a thought leader in higher education, will look at why these conversations are so difficult and share her insights on how to talk with kids and each other about race and racism, and how to be actively anti-racist. Tatum's book, "Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" is a national bestseller. 

The Equity and Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series is a program led by a number of independent schools to offer our communities and beyond the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in topics around equity, inclusion, and antiracist education and action. The program invites speakers throughout the academic year to create access to recognized authors and speakers that engage participants in complex topics through dialogue and cross-cultural communication. View the full speaker lineup for the 21-22 series, RSVP for future events, and watch recordings of previous events here.

The speaker series is sponsored by various independent schools in NWAIS, but aims to serve a public purpose by making this programming free and accessible to non-NWAIS schools and communities.

Learn more about Lakeside’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion on our DEI webpage. Learn about the current initiative, Our Work Together, and review the initiative dashboard at