More than three decades ago, a small group of civic, educational, and philanthropic leaders came together to usher in a new era of cooperation to focus on expanding educational opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students of color. From those humble beginnings, the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs has grown into a diverse and robust network of 55 active members schools spanning all across the Greater Los Angeles area, collectively serving over 25,000 students each year. The Alliance has empowered students, families, and schools consistently over that time to profound effect. And that said, we must not rest on our laurels; we must continue to impact the larger community of education in our region through dedication and innovation.
The occasion of our thirty-fifth anniversary is both a cause for celebration and reason for circumspection. The array of challenges confronting our students and their families grows more significant with each passing day giving us both ample reason for optimism and an increasingly clear sense of urgency and purpose. With increased transparency on all levels comes the urgent message that there is a great deal of work still to be done.
I am eager to work with our Staff, Board and Advisory Council to usher in a new strategic direction for the organization that allows us to build upon the strengths of those leaders whose shoulders we stand. Those founding school and community leaders embraced two essential truths: first, that education has the potential to be a great equalizer and an effective way to promote equity, and second, that to be a world-class school requires diversity in all of its shapes and forms. It is with these two tenets in mind that we move the conversation forward and draw upon the resources of our community to ensure continued success.
I hope that you feel compelled to support the work of The Alliance in order to provide access and educational opportunity for underrepresented and underserved students and families. Whether you are a new family just beginning your journey with the Alliance, a family whose children have already been helped by the Alliance, alumni of our program, or donors interested in helping to make a difference in the lives of young people, your support will go a long way to making sure we can provide educational opportunities for students who so deeply deserve them. And we’d also like you to help us spread the news of the Alliance to others as well so that we can continue to open doors for students each year--not just for a few hundred, but for the thousands of students currently enrolled in our schools.
Thank you for supporting this critical mission.
Board Chair, Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs