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Today we welcome nearly 50 participants to the first session of the 33rd year of SEED New Leaders Week. They will spend their time immersed in a variety of SEED materials and methods in preparation for leading their own SEED seminars -- a group of individuals who meet regularly to learn about themselves, interact with each other across identities, and develop strategies for greater equity and diversity in their local settings.
SEED Co-directors Gail Cruise-Roberson and Jondou Chase Chen will be presenting a workshop at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) this week.
SEED "will help us develop increased comfort and shared language for having difficult conversations. It will allow more individuals to examine their own experiences and the existing structures of the institution through a critical lens, which may lead to innovative changes that create a more inclusive campus," says Salina Renninger, director of training and associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Renninger, part of the inaugural SEED cohort at St. Thomas, is quoted in a recent article by the university's Newsroom, which we are reposting here.

— Cheryl Robinson, Supervisor, Office of Minority Achievement, Arlington Public Schools, Virginia

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