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The 2021–2022 Equity & Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series continues Nov. 16 with author and historian Erika Lee. Lee will present “Asian Americans in America’s History: A Look at Xenophobia and Racism” via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16. RSVP here for the event.

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing group in the United States and have long and complicated histories in the country. Still, many Americans may only know Asian Americans through the stereotype of America's "model minorities." Award-winning author and historian Erika Lee offers a dive deep into the history of Asian Americans in the United States, with a specific focus on anti-Asian xenophobia and racism. This lecture and discussion will offer new insights into the Asian American experience and what it means to be American today.

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