An Independent School • Grades 5-12

As part of Lakeside’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution, administrators are prioritizing listening to members of the Lakeside community who identify as Black, African American, and African.

In early August, members of the administration will meet with members of the Upper School Black Student Union, and separately, with members and guests of the Parents and Guardians Association (PGA) affinity group for parents/guardians of African, African American, and Caribbean students. These meetings will be listening sessions, in which Black community members talk about their experiences and share their ideas about how to make Lakeside a more equitable learning environment for Black students. The members of the administration include Head of School Bernie Noe, Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Felicia Wilks, Middle School Director Reem Abu Rahmeh, and Director of Equity and Inclusion/Director of Student and Family Support Jamie Asaka.

If you are a parent/guardian of a returning Lakeside student who identifies as Black, African American, or African and you would like to be part of a listening session, or if you have questions about the sessions or groups participating, please contact PGA President April Joseph or PGA Vice President of Community, Equity, and Inclusion Winston Yeung at lakesidepga@lakesideschool.org. Their direct email addresses are in the Veracross online directory.

Planning for additional listening sessions – including those with alumni and new families to Lakeside – is currently underway, and we will share an update in August.