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Social Justice News

01/20/15
Walker's students observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19 by spending a half-day immersed in programming that focused on systemic racism in the U.S. criminal justice system.Students who participated in the weeklong class, "The New Jim Crow: Racism in the Criminal Justice System" during J...
10/30/14
During Chapel on Wednesday, October 29, Walker’s welcomed the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau, a Connecticut public education program dedicated to exposing the truths of homelessness through advocacy, understanding, and service. Logan Singerman of the non-profit organization “Hands on...
Allan G. Johnson, Ph.D
08/27/14
When Allan Johnson stepped to the podium, he greeted his audience with silence. At first it felt expectant; as he looked up from his notes and into the crowd, then down again, the silence extended into something that began to feel unnatural, uncomfortable. When at last he spoke, it was to say that...
03/07/14
"You don't tell the Atlantic Ocean to behave!" So declared one of the Walker's 11 Upper School students who performed "Emotional Creature," Eve Ensler's play for and about young girls, at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford on March 5. "Emotional Creature" tackles many of the...
Hot Topics
02/26/14
In recent years, films such as "Miss Representation" and "Killing Us Softly" have helped raise awareness of, and spur conversations about, the media's portrayal of women. Less common is a critical anaylsis of how the media portrays men, and often glamorizes regressive ideals of manhood and...
MLK Day
01/22/14
Walker's students observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21 by spending a half-day immersed in music that inspired the Civil Rights Movement. View PhotosWalker's Justice League, in concert with the Music department, organized the day’s activities, which began with students, faculty...
Joan Edwards and Dr. Sheri Schmidt
11/21/13
Dr. Sheri Schmidt, Walker's Director of Equity and Social Justice, and Joan Edwards, Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency Advisor at Kingswood Oxford School, co-facilitated "Unmasking Racism", November 19 at Loomis Chaffee School. The workshop was part of a professional development series...
Sarah Prager '04
10/16/13
In observance of National Coming Out Day 2013, alumna Sarah Prager '04 visited campus on October 15 and 16 to speak with students about the creation of her LGBT history mobile app, Quist, and her personal story of coming out. Passionate about social justice and activism, Prager encouraged students...
Edna Adan Ismail
10/10/13
On Wednesday, October 9, pioneering women’s health activist Edna Adan Ismail, best known for her work as the founder and director of the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland, spoke to the Walker’s community as this year’s Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speaker’s Series...
Justice League Members
04/23/13
On Sunday, April 21, nine student members of Walker's Justice League attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) organized by The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). The conference was held at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut and was attended by 400...
South Africa Chapel
01/31/13
During Chapel on Wednesday, January 30, the Walker’s community was treated to an informative and moving presentation by students who spent two weeks in South Africa this past November as a part of the School’s new course, South Africa and the United States: Historical Parallels. They spoke about...
Alumna Jamiah Tappin '00
01/21/13
"It’s fitting that today, we watched the second inauguration of our nation’s first black president,” remarked Coriene S., a senior at The Ethel Walker School, in her introduction of the School's MLK day programming.This year, Walker's celebrated MLK day through discussion and workshops around Dr....
Loretta Claiborne
11/28/12
Renowned Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne visited campus on Wednesday, November 28 to share her inspiring life story and message of compassion and understanding with the Walker’s community. Claiborne spoke about her struggles growing up with an intellectual disability, the lasting impact of...
Sean Delmore '95 with students
10/12/12
In observance of National Coming Out Day, Sean Delmore ’95 spoke to students Thursday about transgender identity. Sean is the Program Coordinator for LBGT@MIT, a resource center for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and allied students at MIT. As a community organizer and educator, Delmore...
Julie Yindra '81
04/25/12
Julie Yindra (EWS ’81) returned to campus today for Chapel and shared with the Walker’s community a personal and historic perspective on the Disability Rights Movement. Julie’s message was for students to speak up, and be an agent for change, whenever they see a situation that denies access for...
 
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