An Independent School • Grades 5-12

The 2021–2022 Equity & Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series begins Oct. 14 with author and speaker Gyasi Ross. Ross will present “Indigenous People, Race, and Education” via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14. Watch a recording of the event here.

Native American voices work to raise awareness about the unique challenges that Indigenous people face, and to acknowledge the important contributions they've made to the diverse traditions and cultures of America. Ross is the author of “Don’t Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways)” and “How to Say I Love You in Indian.” He is a speaker on race, social justice, and white privilege as well as issues specifically affecting contemporary Native Americans.

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 4-5 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 and RSVP for future 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