Diversity & Social Justice

Multiple perspectives enhance our curriculum, relationships, and understanding of our global community.

You'll live, learn and grow with people of different ages, abilities, interests, nationalities, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, family structures, sexual orientations, religious traditions, and political affiliations.

Affinity Groups

Affinity groups provide opportunities for students to come together with others who share a specific aspect of identity, to help students make sense of and find meaning in their experience.

Black Student Union (BSU) and Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Black Student Union (BSU) and Latin American Student Organization (LASO) meet regularly to discuss issues of racial and ethnic identity.

Wings (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)

Wings (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) provides a forum for students to talk about issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, heterosexism and homophobia.

Salaam Muslim Student Association and Jewish Ethel Walker Students (JEWS)

Salaam Muslim Student Association and Jewish Ethel Walker Students (JEWS) clubs share traditions and holidays with the Walker's community, as well as work to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Judaism.

Asian Club

Asian Club has over 30 members and shares various aspects of Asian culture with the Walker’s community through performances, presentations, and traditional meals.

Social Justice Education

Walker’s prepares girls to shape a society that is more equitable for all members. We provide opportunities for students to acquire both the knowledge and desire to work against systems of social inequality such as sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, and religious oppression.

Social Justice Education and initiatives include:

9th Grade Seminar - Social Justice

In this course, students explore their own cultural identity and think about the ways that identity impacts their perspective and their interactions with others. They also examine social systems that provide advantages to some identity groups and restrict access and opportunity to others.

Inequality in the United States

This course introduces students to systems of social inequality in the United States. The structural, interpersonal and psychological dimensions of oppression are investigated. Course material explores the ways that racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism and religious oppression have developed over time, and how they impact each of us every day. Students will be able to link course concepts to their observations and experiences of the world around them, develop an awareness of their own complex social identity, and gain the tools needed for productive dialogue about systems of power, privilege and difference in the United States.

Justice League

Justice League is responsible for planning a variety of events for the campus community that teach about systems of inequality, including the annual Martin Luther King Day program focusing on systemic racism and the annual "Empty Bowls" event focusing on economic inequality.

The following mission statement guides the group: "Justice League is a group of students committed to learning and teaching about the impact of systems of oppression on our lives and others. As future leaders of society, we take seriously our obligation to use our education to create a more socially just world."

Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

This annual conference is hosted each spring by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. Walker’s students have taken an active role in the conference by attending as well as by serving as workshop facilitators for their peers.

Hot Topics

Walker's students hosted and served as facilitators for the inaugural "Hot Topics" program sponsored by the SPHERE consortium in the fall of 2010. Walker’s students have been active participants in all subsequent Hot Topics program held at consortium schools through the years. The student-facilitated discussions are a chance for students from the consortium schools to come together to talk with each other about issues of their choosing. Topics for past programs include:

  • “The Skin I’m in: Why is it so hard to talk about race?”
  • “Hip Hop: Sexism and Homophobia”
  • “Interracial Relationships: Does race or culture matter?”
  • "Tough Guise: Violent Masculinity in American Culture"

Social Justice News

MLK Day
Justice League members

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year Celebration

SPHERE

The Ethel Walker School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of 11 independent schools from the greater Hartford area. The mission of SPHERE is to help the member schools collaborate in becoming and remaining culturally diverse, inclusive, and responsive environments for teaching and learning.

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