Upper School Symposium
The Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School Biennial Symposium
The Wardlaw+Hartridge Biennial Symposium was first established in 2013 with a day long event focused on the issue of Human Trafficking. Since its inception, every other year a committee of students and faculty come together to craft and present a day-long Upper School symposium centered around a global issue. Planning includes pre-symposium advisory activities, professional development for faculty and staff, and developing an engaging learning platform for all US students. Past topics include:
2013 - Human Trafficking
2014 - Conflict Resolution
2015 - World Hunger
2017 - Inclusive Communities: Refugee Crisis
2019 - Inclusive Communities: LBGTQ, Gender and Identity
Coming in 2021 - Inclusive Communities: Race and Identity
We provide thoughtful and strategic ways for students to
participate in activities, many personal in nature.
We challenge them not only to engage in service learning,
but to dig deep into the issues that affect their world and draw their own conclusions and propose their own solutions.-Dr. Robert Bowman
Head of Upper School
Students in the Global Scholars Program are provided exclusive and unique opportunities to learn from guest speakers in the field of global studies and global education, attend field trips and workshops, and to connect locally with service organizations with whom Wardlaw-Hartridge has cultivated mutually beneficial and impactful relationships. Many of the Global Scholar Candidates develop a strong commitment to specific areas of service outreach during their time, some continuing their efforts after graduation and while in college. Our Global Scholars graduates often note that their service experiences and opportunities to travel through school sponsored cross cultural experiences have been a primary highlight of their time in Upper School. Travel opportunities are planned and provided through the Director of Global Experiences. In recent years, students have travelled to China, Spain, the US/Mexican border, and Peru.