Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Diversity & Inclusion

Walnut Hill School for the Arts demonstrates its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the following ways:


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

Images of Diversity and inclusion events and speakers at a walnut hill

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