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, monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces.
SEED values all voices and experiences and recognizes diversity in its many forms. These forms include, but are not limited to, traditionally thought of categories such as race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation or ability. They also include categories like military service, position classification, primary campus, introversion/extroversion, length of service at Valencia College, family structure or political affiliation.
SEED differs from other diversity programs in that its leaders do not lecture. Instead, they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises, and conversations often stimulated by films and readings.
The seminars deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world and point the way to making schools more inclusive.
Successful completion of the cohort program can earn faculty members up to 28 professional development hours recorded on Valencia professional development transcripts.
The spring 2021 SEED I and SEED II cohorts meet over Zoom every-other-week and have approximately four hours of homework over the semester. There are day and evening options for SEED I and SEED 2.
Please keep in mind that in order to participate in SEED 2, you must first successfully complete SEED 1. 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.
The deadline to submit an application is Monday, November 16, 2020.
For more information, visit the National SEED Project website. If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Celine Kavalec, professor, English, and PJI academic coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shara Lee, campus director, faculty and instructional development, at email@example.com.