Apply for Fall 2022 SEED Cohorts

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Please note: the fall 2022 Valencia SEED program has been postponed until spring 2023. 

Applications for the upcoming fall 2022 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 sessions are experiential in nature with interactive exercises and conversations, deepening participants’ understanding of themselves, expanding their knowledge of the world and pointing the way to making learning environments more inclusive.

Over the past academic year (2021-22), more than 130 Valencia colleagues successfully completed SEED I or SEED II. Recent program participants have shared:

  • “I’m so glad I applied for this program. I’ve been interested in it for a while and it was so much better than what I thought it would be.” — SEED I participant
  • “Thank you to all of the facilitators for your time and dedication to these programs,. ou are inspiring us to expand our connections and work together for the better of all of us.” —  SEED II participant

Facilitators of the SEED cohorts include Shari Koopmann, professor, English; Hank Van Putten, part-time faculty, New Student Experience; Stanton Reed, faculty on assignment; Lauren Thomas, program manager, math office; Doug Kern, part-time faculty, English; Danielle Strong-Robinson Smith, part-time faculty, English; Jenny Charriez, administrative manager, HRIS projects; and Jennifer Danilowski, part-time faculty, psychology.

There are day and evening options for SEED I and SEED II, and the specific dates, modalities and program requirements are included in the application.

Fall 2022 SEED I and SEED II Evening Cohorts
Frequency: Eight, three-hour sessions
Modality: Mixed mode (both Zoom and face-to-face)
Homework: Approximately four hours of homework over the semester.

Fall 2022 SEED I and SEED II Day Cohorts
Frequency: Eight, three-hour sessions
Modality: Virtual (Zoom)
Homework: Approximately four hours of homework over the semester.

Please keep in mind that to participate in SEED II, you must first successfully complete SEED I.

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 aligns with our strategic priorities and is committed to determining a reasonable way to incorporate the time into your work schedule.

Ready to apply to be part of the fall 2022 SEED program? To view SEED cohort dates and to apply, please complete the application by Friday, July 22, 2022, by clicking the button below.

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

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