The PA Diversity Committee will host a discussion about the opportunities
and challenges of diversity within an independent school environment with
a focus on the experiences of children and families at the Lab Schools.
The discussion will build upon American Promise, a documentary that
chronicles the journeys of two African American boys over 13 years as they
navigate The Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in
The panel will include Lab students, parents, and staff. Amanda Lewis, an
Associate Professor of African American Studies and Sociology at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, will provide framing for the discussion
and will serve as a panelist. Her research focuses on how race shapes
educational opportunities and how our ideas about race get negotiated in
everyday life. She is the author of Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating
the Color-line in Classrooms and Communities (2003) and is currently at
work on a new book (with John Diamond) titled, Despite the Best
Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools (Oxford,
Watch the documentary before the panel (available online until March 6th).
The PA Diversity Committee along with the University¹s Center for the
Study of Race, Politics, and Culture will also host a screening of
American Promise on March 3rd at 7 p.m. at International House, 1414 E
While the film will provide a reference point for our discussion, you do
not need to watch the documentary to attend the panel. We are looking
forward to your participation and a robust discussion.