Apply for Spring 2022 SEED Cohorts

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Applications for the upcoming Spring 2022 Valencia SEED program cohorts are currently being accepted.

SEED, an acronym for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, is an international project founded more than 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. SEED utilizes a cohort-based, seminar model with the intention of creating gender-fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. The synchronous, virtual 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 2020-2021 academic year, SEED enrollment increased 800% with more than 240 Valencia colleagues successfully completing SEED I or SEED II. Recent program participants have shared:

  • “My absolute thanks. Words can’t describe how this program has helped me grow.” — SEED I participant
  • “Thank you so much to our wonderful facilitators. This is very important work and I am proud of and grateful for Valencia and all SEED facilitators.” —  SEED II participant

Facilitators of the SEED cohorts include Shari Koopmann, professor, English; Hank Van Putten, part-time faculty, New Student Experience; Aida Diaz, professor, Spanish; Jennifer Tomlinson, interim dean, learning support; Stanton Reed, interim president, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses; Jeannie Rodriguez, library office systems manager; Lauren Thomas, professor, mathematics; Doug Kern, professor, English; Danielle Strong-Robinson Smith, professor, English; Jenny Charriez, administrative manager, HRIS projects: and Michael Winters, interim manager, learning support.

The spring 2022 SEED I and SEED II cohorts will meet for three hours 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 II, and the specific dates are included in the application. 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 can positively influence one’s cultural competence and is committed to determining a reasonable way to incorporate the time into your work schedule.

Ready to apply to be part of the 2022 SEED program? To view SEED cohort dates and to apply, complete the application by Monday, November 22, 2021, by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Shara Lee, campus director, faculty and instructional development, at slee84@valenciacollege.edu and Celine Kavalec, professor, English, and PJI academic coordinator, at ckavalec@valenciacollege.edu.

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