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Speaker Series

Join us for conversations about parenting, equity and inclusion. We're excited to share research and a forum for conversation for our community. All are welcome!

This year, we've joined a consortium of 25+ other NWAIS schools to provide a virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series. We hope that our whole community will participate in these exciting conversations.

Dr. Joy DeGruy


February 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Historical Impact of Racism in Present Day America: The Illusion of Inclusion

Join us for the third virtual webinar of our 2020-2021 Anti-Racism and Racial Identity Speaker Series. This talk will help the participants understand the history of race in the US and how anti-Black racism became the backbone of structural and institutional racism in America.

Tiq Milan

March 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Please join the Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series, a collaboration effort with 25+area Independent Schools to hear, Tiq Milan talk about his transgender experience and how defining ourselves for ourselves can result in more love. This talk will ask attendees to reflect on and take ownership of their own understandings of gender, queerness and how race intersects these notions.

Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade. He is also a writer and consultant who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. Tiq shares his story of being transgender and how that informs his views on masculinity, race and gender. Tiq writes about pop culture, inclusive leadership, transgender rights and equity. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC and CNN, HBO and Netflix among others. His 2016 TED Talk A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage alongside his wife, Kim Katrin Milan has been viewed over 3 million times and continues to inform and inspire people all over the world.

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Ijeoma Oluo

May 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Ijeoma Oluo is a Nigerian-American writer. She is the author of So You Want to Talk About Race and has written for The Guardian, Jezebel, The Stranger, Medium, and The Establishment, where she was also an editor-at-large.

More information about this talk is coming soon!