SEED's practice of Serial Testimony "is more powerful than I ever imagined," writes Rachel Luce-Hitt, Coordinator of Educational/Training Programs in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Florida (UCF). A trained SEED leader, Luce-Hitt co-authored this guest piece with SEED seminar participant Jeanine Viau, Lecturer in Philosophy at UCF. In it, they share their experiences with Serial Testimony in SEED seminars and in the classroom. Republished with permission from the UCF's Faculty Focus.
Comments by students about each others' hair may come from natural curiosity, but can be especially uncomfortable or unwelcome for students of color. That's why two SEED leaders at a school in Delaware created an activity on the science of hair that also incorporated lessons on diversity, tolerance, kindness, and inclusion.
Perhaps the greatest struggle I have in explaining SEED is accounting for why SEED works. Our current SEED staff are not nationally known personalities with the most news headlines, academic publications, or social media followers. Often times when we present one-off sessions at conferences or share what writing we do have, people respond with âThatâs nice.â This is a striking contrast to what participants share with us during our seven-day New Leaders Week.