Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

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Naomi Wadler

Youth Advisor to the Georgetown University Center on Poverty and Inequity
Naomi Wadler is a 12-year-old social justice activist, motivational speaker, and budding reporter who gained national attention for her speech at the March for Our Lives (MFOL) rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018 in support of stronger gun violence prevention measures.

Prior to MFOL, Naomi led a student walk-out at her elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia on the one-month anniversary of the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Her school walk-out was 18 minutes long, 17 minutes for each student and teacher who lost their lives in Parkland, and one additional minute for Courtlin Arrington, an African American student who was murdered shortly after the Parkland shooting in her Alabama high school.

As a result of these experiences, Naomi has made it her mission to change the narrative around girls, particularly black girls, and to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper or the evening news. Naomi believes every person is valuable. She hopes more people will join her effort to uplift and highlight the voices of black girls on issues such as education, health, economic justice and violence.

To support that mission, during Women’s Herstory Month in March 2019—exactly one year after MFOL—Naomi, thanks to a new partnership with Ellen Degeneres, launched the first-ever youth web series on ellentube called DiversitTEA with Naomi Wadler. Naomi believes this new venture is an opportunity to provide a platform to girls and women, and shine a light on positive stories and ideas that will lead to greater social impact and help to make the world a better place.