EDISON, NJ-- Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued to discuss the many things they learned and experienced during last week’s Symposium – Inclusive Communities: Race and Identity – in their daily advisory sessions. Students continued the conversations, completed feedback forms and watched videos to gain more perspective on the topics addressed. They also discussed recent events, including this week’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, and their implications.

On the feedback form, many students and teachers listed the keynote speakers as the highlights of their symposium experience. Danielle Belton opened the day with a wonderful morning keynote which received rave reviews. Most attendees particularly enjoyed the connection with alumnus Imam Khalid Latif ’00, who delivered an amazing and inspiring afternoon keynote.

“I loved his energy, his story, his examples, his authenticity and how he showed us what it means to understand other races and how to be there for them,” senior Ariana Di Landro of Elizabeth said.

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“He was so well spoken and I love how he encouraged us to reach out to him. I could listen to him talk for hours,” junior Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains added. 

Students and faculty appreciated all the speakers and panelists and left the day eager to continue the important work of building a more inclusive community.

“This symposium was very insightful, and necessary, and I think we should still address these topics frequently even though the symposium has concluded,” sophomore David Flatau-Jones of Scotch Plains said.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit www.whschool.org/admission/take-a-virtual-tour.