Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Walnut Hill seeks to cultivate a spirit of inclusivity and multiculturalism by weaving diverse curriculum, programming, and practices into the academic, artistic, and social fabric of the school. We believe it is critical to educate members of our community to be responsible global citizens. In order to navigate the tensions and challenges of our world, it is imperative to understand where we each came from, where we are, and where we are going.

We promote a sense of worth and belonging in everyone. We ask that all members of the school community consider those who are marginalized. We ask all members to attend thoughtfully to instances of difference including but not limited to opinion, age, ability, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, race, and religion. We expect community members to both form and express their own viewpoints, consider and understand divergent perspectives, and confront difference with maturity, civility, and respect.

Afrika Hayes Lambe

In honor of Black History Month, we highlight one of our long-standing community members, a descendent of a distinguished musician, and a noted soprano herself, Afrika Hayes Lambe. 

Celebrating Black History Month at Walnut Hill

“If it is to be, it is up to me,” those were the closing words of wisdom from Davron Monroe, one of our accomplished Black History Month Assembly speakers. This past Wednesday, award-winning Boston-based performers, Davron Monroe and Yewande Odetoyinbo, led Walnut Hill’s celebratory assembly focusing on themes of Black culture, resilience, joy, family, and Black excellence.

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Walnut Hill is excited to welcome Aisha Fukushima, a world-renowned performance lecturer, Justice Strategist, Singer/Songwriter, and RAPtivist (rap activist) as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Assembly Speaker.

A Letter to Our Community

This past month has been a moment of reckoning for the United States and the rest of the world as we work to acknowledge, understand, and take steps to eradicate the systemic racism and other forms of bias that exist throughout our society, including educational institutions like Walnut Hill.


Past Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Speakers

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 
MLK 2020 Special Assembly:
Sekou Laidlow
Walnut Hill commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a stirring assembly address by Sekou Laidlow. A classically trained actor and ordained Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he has previously portrayed Dr. King in the theatrical production of The Mountaintop. Sekou has performed in major American repertory theaters, on and off-Broadway, and has appeared as a guest star and in recurring roles on television.

In addition to reciting MLK’s speech “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” Sekou Laidlow challenged our community to think about how the teachings of Dr. King influenced our lives and the lives of those around us.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
2019 Special Assembly:
Nicole "Cole" Rodriguez

Spoken Word poet, Cole Rodriguez was our featured Hispanic Heritage Month speaker. An internationally recognized artist, Cole has competed against top-ranked poets and has worked with students across a host of educational settings. Her smooth, impassioned, and rapid-fire delivery amazed the community. Cole’s performance message was aspirational: Don’t be afraid to use your art to create community, inspire activism, and speak truth to power.

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month 
2019 Special Assembly:
Liza Talusan, Ph.D


Dr. Liza Talusan was our guest speaker for Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month. An engaging facilitator, educator, and strategic change partner for schools, Dr. Talusan helped the community unpack a variety of topics including our shared humanity, diversity, racism, bias, and privilege. She shared her love of Asian culture, inspired and informed us, and made us hungry for halo-halo!

Past Events & Speakers

* Indicates MLK Speaker

For more information on these initiatives, please contact Director of Diversity and Inclusion Linda Hughes at