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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Anti-Racism Statement

Walnut Hill School for the Arts explicitly affirms our identity as an anti-racist educational institution. We condemn racism, discrimination, and bigotry in all forms. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Through education in academics and the arts, our goal is to counteract racism, promote the dismantling of systems of oppression, and empower our students towards these goals. We recognize that racism is systemic and self-perpetuating. Therefore the work of consistently identifying, describing, and dismantling it requires a sustained systemic approach to examining organizational structures, policy, practice, attitudes, and outcomes. All members of the Walnut Hill community—students, staff, faculty, administration, trustees, alumni, and families—will continue to build the tools and skills needed to actively engage in conversations about privilege, racism, and bigotry in the hopes of empowering community members to enact change that will cultivate equitable outcomes for all. 

Walnut Hill is actively engaged in this work through initiatives that drive change such as faculty, staff, alumni, and student Affinity Groups; assemblies; ongoing community conversations; events; professional development, including mandated SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum); and individual curricular work and engagement with students.

While we have made strides to eliminate racism, we commit to: 

These commitments will directly impact the Walnut Hill community experience, institutional culture, curriculum, and programs. In order to hold ourselves accountable, we will undergo periodic formal evaluations and climate assessments by an external professional organization.

While we have much work ahead of us in the areas of anti-racism and promotion of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice, Walnut Hill understands and embraces our responsibility as a privileged community in dismantling systems of oppression. Please join us in actively combating racial inequities and advancing anti-racism work to create a world in which we truly live out our values of Non Nobis Solum (“not for ourselves alone”).

For more information on these initiatives, please contact Director of Diversity and Inclusion Linda Hughes at lhughes@walnuthillarts.org.