Our school is committed to the work of justice and equity.

Social justice, equity, and inclusion are woven into the fabric of who we are and what we do.

The Ethel Walker School is committed to the work of justice and equity which is implemented throughout all facets of school life as we strive to be a model institution for this work. Through our strategic initiatives, senior leadership, course content, and intentional focus, Walker’s strives to be a community where every person can experience belonging and have what they need to thrive in our community.

Conferences and Events

As a commitment to learning and growing in justice and equity work, Walker’s faculty are encouraged and supported in their attendance at conferences, panels, webinars, institutes, and training. This attendance contributes to an advancement in understanding and sharing of critical information that guides our work with students and one another. 

Faculty and staff conference participation includes:

  • NAIS People of Color Conference
  • Anti-Defamation League Bias and Hate Incident Training
  • RE-Center: Race and Equity in Education, Equity in Practice Training
  • Think Again Training
  • Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color
Elisa Cardona Conference
Walker’s Director of Social Justice and Inclusion Elisa Del Valle Cardona presents at the 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference at the University of New Haven.

Affinity Groups

Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group

The Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group at The Ethel Walker School is an affinity group for self-identified people of color. The mission of the group is to build support rooted in community, solidarity and a sense of belonging.

White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

The White Anti-Racist Educators (WARE) at The Ethel Walker School is an affinity group for white-identifying faculty and staff members. The mission of the group is to build racial stamina through open discussions about race, racism, and white supremacy and through self-reflective practices that interrogate members’ own whiteness and complicity in such systems.

Student Affinity Groups

Students bring a crucial voice to shape and drive our work forward. Through student affinity groups and regular dialogue across differences, Walker’s develops critically-engaged students committed to social change and transformative impact. Learn more about our student affinity groups on campus.


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Honoring Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth! Though the Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, for various reasons that declaration did not reach all parts of the country at…

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