EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison received a timely jump-start to an important topic – “Inclusive Communities: Race and Identity” – with a special webinar on June 10. This topic will be addressed and explored in great detail at next year’s Upper School Symposium. 

Alvin Gilmore, Jr., a longtime friend and former colleague of Mrs. Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, was the featured speaker on the webinar. Mr. Gilmore has over 30 years of experience in education working as a counselor, coach, classroom teacher, and an administrator in private and public school settings. He is passionate about social justice and educational equity. He fervently believes that it ‘takes a village’ to address the educational disparities we find in low-income populations. Mr. Gilmore has a rich experience of discussing race and social justice with students as well as adults.  He was recently asked to speak at a protest where he currently resides in Oregon.  

All interested students, faculty, staff and parents were invited and encouraged to attend this webinar, which was moderated by Mrs. Nolan, Dean of Students Mrs. Christine Cerminaro and new Senior Class President Neil Shah of Edison.  Additional student panelists who asked questions included Taliyah Williams of Rahway, Natalie Chavez of Plainfield and Andrew Wolff of Scotch Plains.

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.