Participate in the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Cohort: Application Deadline August 26, 2014

seed-logo-270wSeeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) is an international project founded 27 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College that utilizes a cohort-based monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead, they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. The monthly seminars deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world and point the way to making schools more inclusive.

As a result of the success of the first SEED cohort, combined with an overwhelming show of interest in future participation, there will be two SEED cohorts at Valencia this year. SEED 1 is for brand new participants, and SEED 2 will serve as a learning lab for SEED alumni to continue the dialogue while putting their work into actionable projects for Valencia from theory to practice.

SEED facilitators hope to recruit a diverse group of participants from all areas of the College, including career service, professional and faculty members. Employees of all ages, cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, faith traditions and life experiences/perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Participants will be expected to attend seven three-hour seminars held once each month on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. throughout the coming year that will rotate throughout the campuses. Therefore, travel will be required.

Each SEED cohort will be facilitated by Valencia colleagues. SEED 1 will be facilitated by Rachel Luce-Hitt, coordinator of diversity and inclusion, and Stanton Reed, professor of business accounting. SEED 2 will be facilitated by Michele Lima, professor of speech, and Born Allah, student services advisor.

“SEED helps bring together a community of unity through identifying and amplifying similarities, and complimenting differences through creative construction,” said Born Allah. “I hope that being a facilitator in SEED will help connect the gaps between generations and build the bridges of communication needed to gain understanding.”

A highlight of the program is a return of SEED founder Dr. Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Center for Women and international consultant on Thursday, November, 20, 2014. Dr. McIntosh speaks about privilege, social systems and how we can use unearned advantage to build more inclusive systems to move us closer to “E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one).”

The event will take place at the Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m. The keynote and discussion will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

In addition, Dr. McIntosh will conduct a workshop with faculty and staff members on Friday, November 21, 2014, on the East Campus from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in a workshop centered on creating more inclusive classrooms and campuses using serial testimony, interactive phase theory and the windows and mirrors model. All are welcome to attend. Register through the Office of Faculty Development for professional development credit.

SEED is co-sponsored by Organizational Development and Human Resources, the Teaching and Learning Academy and the Peace and Justice Initiative.

To apply for SEED 1, complete the SEED online application.

Members of the 2013 SEED cohort will receive an email to sign up for SEED 2.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Please direct questions to Rachel Luce-Hitt at, or at extension 8081. Visit the National SEED Project to learn more.

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