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Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity at Valencia College

SEED at Valencia College

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity and is a national project, founded 27 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. The monthly seminars deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making schools more inclusive.

At Valencia College, SEED is available in two cohorts.

Through the SEED 1 and 2 cohorts, you will learn to:

  • Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  • Explore, experience and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective.
  • Listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective.
  • Notice the impact and intent of our communication.
  • Appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues.
  • Examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes.
  • Create a sense of community through dialogue and stories.
  • Work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved.
  • Employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications.

Please keep in mind that in order to participate in SEED 2, you will first need to successfully complete SEED 1. 

This year’s program facilitators will be Shari Koopman, professor, English; Rudy Darden, professor, English; Jeannie Rodriguez, library office systems manager; and Stanton Reed, professor, business/accounting.

If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Rachel Allen, director, peace and justice institute, at or 407-299-5000, extension 2709, or Michele Lima, professor, speech, at or 407-299-5000, extension 1414.

The National SEED Project

The National SEED Project is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity.  SEED leaders facilitate seminars that include personal reflection and testimony, listening to other's voices, and learning experientially and collectively.  Through this methodology, SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege, without blame, shame, or guilt. 

Books on SEED topics

More Books at Valencia College

Ted Talks on Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Peggy McIntosh

Dr. Peggy McIntosh founded the SEED project while working at the Wellesley Center for Research on Women. 

Other Programs

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