How might I describe what my SEED group could be to someone who is not familiar with it?
SEED is a peer-facilitated seminar for the people in our organization who will meet in ongoing sessions to engage in structured conversations on equity and diversity. These conversations will include the sharing of personal stories while also considering outside printed and video resources. The ultimate goal is to illuminate ways we can bring our just and equitable selves to our organization so as to support it in becoming more equitable and just. This equity and justice is shown through both our interpersonal interactions within the organization and through our policies and procedures in community and global settings.
SEED originally attracted educators from P-12 schools. Presently, SEED attracts and supports educators, administrators, parents, and members from all educational (public, independent, charter, religious, P-12, higher ed, etc.) and community organizations that aim to offer more equitable spaces and practices.
SEED is a peer-led, ongoing facilitated conversation, meaning it is structured to be led by internal community members over a period of time. This model effectively ensures that the growth and change that takes place at both an individual and institutional level is generated thoughtfully from within. While some SEED leaders do conduct SEED-inspired diversity sessions, SEED is only effective as a program when the practices that have been tested and applied for over 30 years are housed thoughtfully and directly in your organization or community, through SEED seminars conducted by your facilitators. SEED believes that an institution’s leaders know the most about what their organization’s equity needs are and the application of that knowledge is what makes SEED transformational for organizations.
SEED applicants are committed to engaging in meaningful and productive conversations centered on diversity, inclusion, and equity. SEED leaders include educators, administrators, community organizers, administrators, parents, social workers, and educational consultants, among others.
Why is there a word limit on some application questions, and what if I have more to say?
One aspect of SEED work is developing our personal stories and aiming to them be specific and clear. A word limit not only helps start this process, it aims to be considerate of both the applicant’s time as well as that of the SEED staff.
Why do I have to name what audience I intend for SEED?
Because part of the acceptance process to New Leaders Week includes the commitment of each new leader to facilitate a SEED seminar, it is important to have a clear idea of who your intended audience will be. As you progress through New Leaders Week, you will determine how best to introduce and implement SEED at your specific institution. Having an idea of your SEED membership will help you focus on which methods will best support your intention and environment.
Why is my school asked to support additional resources for my SEED seminar? What kinds of additional resources might I consider?
SEED facilitation is not only about the conversation, it is also about the space and resources that support that conversation. Many SEED sessions include either food or beverages, materials such as notebooks or art supplies, and perhaps articles or books, all of which aim to support participants as they engage in their growth-orientated seminars over time.
You must have an approving administrator to attend New Leaders Week. Facilitation of a SEED seminar is a significant undertaking and successful implementation needs administrative support. Administrator approval to attend New Leaders Week also indicates support of building a more diverse and equitable community, contributing organizational finances, coordinating calendars, and encouraging recruitment of participants to the SEED seminar. With clear administrative support, the SEED leader can focus on creating and sustaining the SEED seminar.
What if I’m the only one from my school approved to attend a New Leaders Week? May I come alone?
While co-facilitation is modeled during New Leaders Week, a SEED seminar can be successfully facilitated by a solo SEED leader. At New Leaders Week, all SEED leaders will be connected to the extensive SEED leader network, which is accessible through a variety of means: social media, a SEED leaders-only website, and regional SEED leader networks, to name a few. A solo facilitator will find many ways to connect to other SEED leaders which will aid in session development, resource sharing, and more.
What if we already have SEED leaders at my school? Can I still apply? How do I interact with the other SEED leader(s) after I am trained?
Often, once a SEED seminar is started at an institution, that institution will generate more SEED leaders. As an institution expands its number of SEED leaders, it is able to diversify its SEED groups in any number of ways: supporting co-facilitation models, offering concurrent groups at once, or expanding its audience by creating new types of groups. Any leader coming from an institution with already established SEED leader(s) should open discussion with them about how multiple leaders can be implemented at your institution for most effective support and growth of your community.