Those at ESD's Upper School chapel service today had the opportunity to hear from a very distinguished guest speaker. Mr. Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, joined us this morning to discuss the value in social justice and philanthropy, and share with students what he believes is true success.
Senior Cameron McGee '18 facilitated the talk, prompting Mr. Walker with questions that currently affect our society and students in 2018, such as "How are technology and social media affecting social justice work?," "What advice would you give to young people entering the world?," and "What can we do to be valuable members of global society?"
Mr. Walker's responses resonated deeply with the ESD community, touching on the very foundation of the School and bringing in our Founding Tenets of both service and ethical decision making into the discussion. He encouraged students to see themselves as agents of change in our world. There are many available avenues to take when advocating for human rights and equality, and it's not limited to exclusively nonprofit work. Mr. Walker explained that you can bring about change in almost any field, whether it be law, finance, or media; you just have to determine how.
"At a school like ESD, you learn the importance of human dignity," he said. "Then we must ask ourselves, 'How can we use our privilege to improve the dignity of others?'"
Though his philanthropic endeavors have stretched across the globe, he assures students that you can make a difference wherever you are. The important thing is to have a common goal in social justice. Mr. Walker concluded his time here with a powerful message to students, explaining that they "have the potential to transform society for the better."
Thank you, Mr. Walker, for visiting with The Episcopal School of Dallas and providing our students with inspirational advice and encouragement not only for their futures, but for their present.