Gene batiste to speak at the roeper school

The Roeper School is please to host nationally revered speaker, Gene Batiste, on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Roeper Community Center (41190 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills).  A reception will be held prior to the presentation at 6:30pm.  Gene Batiste is the Vice President for School Field Services & Equity and Justice Initiatives at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  Batiste will present, “Affinity Group Work: Benefits and Challenges for an Independent School Community.”  The event is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  Childcare is available.  Please RSVP to 

The term affinity group refers to a gathering of people who share something important in common.  Affinity groups can include a broad range of categories from age, to learning style, to commitment to charitable causes, or to race and ethnicity.  Whether it is a dedication to helping save our planet or commitment to building and sustaining inclusive school communities, we all have an affinity for something.  This presentation will focus on racial/ethnic/cultural affinity group work in independent schools. 

NAIS has long supported the development and operation of racial/ethnic/cultural affinity groups. The overarching vision for NAIS affinity group work is to provide a safe space for all participants to identify salient issues and common concerns through dialogue, using our individual voices to bring about affirmation, fellowship, connection (networking), and empowerment: to come together for sharing and listening and offering support in the service of greater understanding. The overarching vision of affinity group work includes:

  • Discussing issues related to racial/ethnic/cultural identity development.
  • Providing a safe environment where people who share a racial/ethnic/cultural identity can come together for building community, fellowship, and empowerment.
  • Facilitating opportunities for affirming, nurturing, and celebrating.
  • Empowering participants who share a racial/ethnic/cultural identity.


Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan.  With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds.  For more information, please visit Please visit the NAIS website for more information on Gene Batiste. 


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