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 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)
- Wings (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)
- Salaam Muslim Student Association and Jewish Ethel Walker Students (JEWS)
- Asian Club
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
- Inequality in the United States
- Justice League
- Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
- Hot Topics
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 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."
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"