The Wellesley SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) program will meet for 3 hours the first Thursday of the month (Oct-April with 2 exceptions at the end) from 2:30 – 5:30 pm (with refreshments). Every meeting will be led by SEED facilitators from Wellesley Centers for Women – Gail Cruise-Roberson, Co-Director of SEED, and Karen Lachance, Administrative Director of WCW, using clear protocols to support deep and honest communication among participants, and making sure that every voice is heard and encouraged.
The resources used in SEED include articles, books, video clips, journaling, interactive activities and the lived experiences of participants through the sharing of personal stories. What is said in SEED stays in the meeting room, what is learned leaves with the participants.
Please consider attending the SEED Information session on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the LWC-413 Conference room.
In 1987, Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Senior Research Scientist at Wellesley Centers for Women and author of the classic paper “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” founded SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) to help primary and secondary school teachers to create their own local, year-long, peer-led seminars in which other teachers used their own experiences and those of their students, children, and colleagues to open important conversations that in turn create classrooms and workplaces that are more inclusive. In the years since SEED has expanded to include all educators, parent groups and communities as well as some workplaces. The SEED project is now in its 33rd year and since its founding, SEED seminars have engaged over 30,000 participants to date. We are excited to offer the SEED program on campus to Wellesley faculty and staff again this year and invite you to participate.
The goal of SEED is to create conversational communities that drive change. The Wellesley SEED group is open to faculty and staff who want to engage with each other across roles and responsibilities in order to better understand how aspects of identity (gender, class, sexual identity, ability, age, race/ethnicity, religion, nationality, etc.) interact with systems to either promote equitable learning spaces or not, and explore ways to create more inclusive and equitable campus environments for every member of the Wellesley community.
SEED's unique methodology involves:
- facilitating ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard
- examining how our own stories relate to social systems
- learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts
- turning oppression and privilege into agency and action
FY20 SEED Program Schedule
Each session will meet 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
- October 3, 2019
- November 7, 2019
- December 5, 2019
- January 9, 2020
- February 6, 2020
- March 5, 2020
- April 2, 2020
- April 30, 2020
- May 14, 2020
It is our hope that participation in the Wellesley SEED group will deepen collaborative relationships among participants, heighten awareness of the issues that concern students, as well as generate actionable strategies that will lead to an increased commitment to equity for all members of Wellesley College community. In order for this to happen part of the commitment of participating is to attend all sessions barring emergencies – please review the meeting dates below before committing to joining the group.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s program, please fill out this form by Thursday, September 26, 2019.
Some of our participants last year said that one of the most valuable aspects of seed was “getting to build relationships across campus” and that the seminars left them with “a better sense of the complexity of the place”. Another piece of feedback was “it’s not always the case that you can find spaces to have open and honest conversations with colleagues” and that “it can be hard emotional work but transformative and empowering”.
For information or questions about logistics around participation, please ontact Sarah Staley by email at email@example.com or by phone at x2214.
For more information about SEED in general, please vist: https://www.nationalseedproject.org.