Apply for Fall 2021 SEED Cohorts

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Applications for the upcoming fall 2021 Valencia SEED program cohorts are currently being accepted.

SEED, an acronym for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, is an international project founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. SEED utilizes a cohort-based, bi-weekly seminar model with the intention of creating gender-fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. The cohort space values all voices and experiences, and recognizes diversity in its many forms. The synchronous, virtual sessions are experiential in nature with interactive exercises and conversations often stimulated by videos and readings. The seminars deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world and point the way to making schools more inclusive.

The fall 2021 SEED I and SEED II cohorts will meet bi-weekly over Zoom and have approximately four hours of homework over the semester. There are day and evening options for SEED I and SEED 2, and specific dates are included in the application. Please keep in mind that to participate in SEED 2, you must first successfully complete SEED 1.

Successful completion of the cohort program earns faculty and exempt staff (those who do not complete a timesheet) up to 28 professional development hours recorded on Valencia professional development transcripts, and non-exempt staff (those who complete a timesheet) are paid their hourly wage; overtime may be paid, if applicable.

If you would like to apply, please have a conversation with your supervisor about your interest before completing the application. Valencia views SEED as a professional development opportunity that can positively influence one’s cultural competence and is committed to determining a reasonable way to incorporate the time into your work schedule.

To view SEED cohort dates and to apply, complete the application by Friday, May 7, 2021, by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Celine Kavalec, professor, English, and PJI academic coordinator, at or Shara Lee, campus director, faculty and instructional development, at

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