by Parents and Guardians Association Vice President (VP) of Community, Equity, and Inclusion Sheila Talwar P’27, ’24, and Winston Yeung P’25, ’23
The Parents and Guardians Association (PGA) and Lakeside School’s equity and inclusion team are proud to co-present We Are Lakeside, an education program that invites parents and guardians to actively participate in the work of making Lakeside an equitable and inclusive community. Through a series of videos and activities, We Are Lakeside aims to inspire curiosity about diversity and inclusion, and act as a springboard to learn more about how to make our community more equitable.
The initial stage of We are Lakeside was during enrollment/re-enrollment last spring: all parents and guardians were asked to commit to partnering with Lakeside School to foster an equity and inclusion mindset in our students. Our children will need to be equipped with this mindset to thrive in the 21st century, in which huge challenges call for unstructured problem-solving skills that are only honed through genuine inclusion and collaboration with peers from every background.
In early September, your family will receive a print mailer with an iceberg identity exercise. It’s an opportunity for every Lakeside family to articulate their values and other aspects of their identities, and then share some of these aspects with the Lakeside community.
In September, the We Are Lakeside program will roll out a video series that introduces all parents and guardians to more of the equity and inclusion concepts that our students have been learning.
The goals for the videos include:
- Share more about why it’s important that our students have an equity and inclusion mindset.
- Examine how individuals have helped the Lakeside community become more inclusive over time.
- Present some of the challenges that members of our community face.
- Provide a call to action for how we can address some of these challenges, both individually and together.
We Are Lakeside invites parents and guardians to be curious — to have a growth and learning mindset. To paraphrase Head of School Bernie Noe’s letter from earlier this summer, when we talk about equity and inclusion with our children, talk about our own learning in this area, and learn together as a family, we impress on our kids that this matters to us, which will matter to them.
We hope to leave viewers inspired and hopeful. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon! And, as always, you can find about the PGA’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion — including the T.J. Vassar Diversity and Community Committee, affinity groups, and resources, at our webpage: lakesideschool.org/parentsguardians/pga/dei.