Register for the 2016-2017 Valencia Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Cohort


Apply now to secure your place in the upcoming 2016 – 2017 Valencia SEED 1 and 2 cohorts. The application deadline is Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

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 including, but not limited to, the traditionally thought of categories such as race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation or ability, to the sometimes less thought of categories such as military service, position classification, primary campus, introversion/extroversion, length of service at Valencia, family structure or political affiliation. All forms of diversity matter and are welcomed in SEED.

SEED differs from other diversity programs in that its 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. Professional/faculty development credit will be awarded hour for hour, resulting in 24 hours for the entire program.

Through the SEED program, you will learn to:

  1. Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  2. Explore, experience and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective.
  3. Listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective.
  4. Notice the impact and intent of our communication.
  5. Appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues.
  6. Examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes.
  7. Create a sense of community through dialogue and stories.
  8. Work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved.
  9. Employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications.

This year’s program facilitators will be Shari Koopman, professor, English; Rudy Darden, professor, English; Jeannie Rodriguez, library office systems manager; and Stanton Reed, professor, business/accounting.

Click the button below for additional details, including meeting dates, and to apply:

apply-now-button-seed-groveFor more information, visit the National SEED Project website.

If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Jenny Charriez, director, employee development and inclusion, at or extension 8250.

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