A key practice in SEED seminars is sharing our personal stories to illuminate systems of privilege and oppression. I am reminded of this every year as we approach Passover, the Jewish holiday in which we share the story of gaining our freedom from slaveryâand encourage ourselves to keep working for the freedom of all people even today. This year, as our world is swept up in a crisis like no other, these themes seem more important than ever.
SEED Co-director Jondou Chase Chen, senior lecturer in the Education, Equity and Society program of the University of Washington's College of Education, spoke recently at one of the College's brief faculty EduTalks and shared why storytelling is at the heart of SEED--and of educational justice.
SEED seeks to bring about social justice through ongoing facilitated conversations within an organization, institution, or community. When I think about how I facilitate and organize a SEED session, I have three questions in my mind: What is the issue being introduced; why is it important to me and why should it be important to anyone else; and when it has been explored, what is to be done about it?