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

2021 Latino Heritage Month Speaker

David Valecillos, Director of the Punto Urban Art Museum

2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Speaker

Chen Chen, Poet

2021 Women's History Month Speaker

Nathalie Miebach, Visual Artist

2021 Black History Month Speakers

Davron Monroe and Yewande Odetoyinbo, Singers, Actors and Educators

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker

Aisha Fukushima, Activist and Performer

2020 Latino Heritage Month Speaker

Yosimar Reyes, Artist and Poet

2020 Women’s History Month Speaker

Yvonne Spicer, Educator and Former Mayor of the City of Framingham

2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker

Sekou Laidlow, Actor and Deacon

Cathy Renna, Communications Director National LGBTQ Task Force