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Head of School Lisa Jeli in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Lisa Jeli, Presidio Hill School's Head of School, recently facilitated a conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Ijeoma Oluo! 

From her bio: Ijeoma Oluo (ee-joh-mah oh-loo-oh) is a writer, speaker and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

During the recent event, Ijeoma Oluo joined SPEAK (a consortium of eighteen K-8 independent schools that have joined together to enhance collective parent/guardian education) and PHS Head of School, Lisa Jeli, to address the topic: How can we talk to our kids about race if we're not comfortable speaking about it ourselves?, to answer community questions, and to challenge us to take action against systemic racism. 

Proudly progressive, Presidio Hill School was founded upon principles of diversity and inclusion. For over 100 years, Presidio Hill School has brought together students, families, and educators with different backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. At Presidio Hill, we embrace critical conversations and opportunities for action and we will continue to support and uplift each other as we work together to build solidarity and create a more just and equitable world. We were extremely proud and honored to be able to host Ijeoma Oluo for this critical conversation. At PHS< we understand that social justice work and the act of examining our own power and privilege are ongoing processes, both personally and institutionally and our school community is grateful to be learning with and alongside other community members in the San Francisco Bay Area.