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Speaker Series (Virtual)

During this usual and unprecedented time in our nation’s history, several independent schools have come together to present the Equity and Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series.

"The purpose of this series is to raise awareness, challenge ourselves, deepen understanding, and empower our communities to advance their efforts to actively recreate systems into equitable, inclusive, and antiracist institutions," said Kiah Mounsey Johnson '99, La Salle's Director of Equity and Inclusion. 

The program invites 4-5 speakers throughout the academic year to engage participants in complex topics through dialogue, cross-cultural communication, and a deeper understanding of the impact that racism and oppression have in our institutions and the greater society.

This event is sponsored by several schools in the Northwest Associations of Independent Schools, but aims to serve a public purpose by making this programming free and accessible to non-NWAIS schools and communities.  
 
The series' second speaker is Erika Lee, who will speak at 6:30 pm on Nov. 16. Register here for the talk.
 
About Lee's talk: Asian Americans are the fastest-growing group in the US and have long and complicated histories in the country. Still, most Americans may only know Asian Americans through the stereotype of America's "model minorities." Award-winning author and historian Erika Lee joins us to 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 first speaker of the series is Gyasi Ross, Here's a recording of his talk.
 

About Ross' talk: 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) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014). He is a speaker on race, social justice, and white privilege as well as issues specifically affecting contemporary Native Americans.