For nearly 35 years, the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs has stood as the premier resource for educational access in Southern California. By providing assistance in a variety of ways, the Alliance has helped thousands of students of color gain access to great independent school education. I’m very proud of the work that the Alliance does on behalf of our families and the more than fifty member schools each year. Many of these independent schools have been with us as partners since our first students entered independent schools back in 1985. But in spite of our work, we know we’re only scratching the surface. It’s not a few hundred students in LA who could benefit from the Alliance and our schools, its tens of thousands.
As both the Board Chair of the Alliance and as the Head of Crossroads School, I’ve seen the impact that the Alliance has had on hundreds of students each year, most of whom are given an opportunity they never could have imagined, and whose lives are changed as a result. It’s my hope that those of you who are committed to the inclusion and advancement of communities of color within independent schools and beyond will ask yourselves, “How can I somehow level the playing field for students of color, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds? How can I help combat the institutional racism inherent in our society? How can I make a difference?”
Supporting the Alliance does just that, and it’s my hope that you’ll support the important work showcased throughout this website, 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 for 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 hopefully soon for thousands of them.
Thank you for supporting our work!
Head of School, Crossroads School