An Independent School • Grades 5-12

During this unusual year and unique time in our country’s history, seven local independent schools have come together to present the 2020–2021 Virtual Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series. Diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioners from Lakeside School, The Bush School, Eastside Catholic School, The Evergreen School, Forest Ridge School, Meridian School, SCDS, University Prep, and Villa Academy hope to further our communities’ educational experiences by offering access to learning from national speakers during four online events. 

Farzana Nayani, the second speaker in the series, will discuss “Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World” via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9. RSVP here for the event

Nayani is an international speaker, trainer, coach, and author of “Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World.” Her diversity and inclusion expertise includes race, unconscious bias, leadership, culture, and identity, and her advisory work focuses on global community relations and intercultural communication. Of multiethnic Filipinx-Pakistani background, Nayani is a passionate advocate for the multiracial community and is the parent of two sons.

Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Debbie Bensadon shares, “I first came across Farzana Nayani’s work when she was on C-Span’s Book TV promoting her book. As a multiracial person myself, it peaked my interest, but I admit it was her approach and energy that drew me in the most. Nayani’s approach to a world full of difference, division, and lack of dialogue is empathy, healing, and awareness. I believe these qualities bring people together, deepen understanding, and build community. She knows the value of multicultural communities, but she’s aware of the complexities involved before they are truly embraced and celebrated. I could not think of a better speaker for our series than Nayani, whose focus is to engage people in dialogue and raise awareness of the strength in multicultural and inclusive communities.”

This series will host two additional speakers. Dr. Joy Degruy, a researcher who focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence, and American chattel slavery, will speak via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4. A fourth spring speaker will be announced soon. Attendees must RSVP to receive the Zoom link for each event.

Please RSVP here for the Farzana Nayani talk “Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World,” on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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