I am grateful that because of SEED, colleagues become friends and we are given a space to share meaningful experiences with one another. Each meeting is a way to explore the development of our own identities and reflect on the ways in which those intersect and impact our teaching and more importantly, our students. It has stretched my understanding and given me more insight into what my students may experience in my classroom. Faculty SEED Participant
The National SEED Project at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s
St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s began its first SEED group in 2012, and since then, nearly 150 members of our community including faculty, trustees, and parents have participated in the year-long dialogue that uses self-reflection and structured group conversations to examine topics of diversity and equity. Led by trained parent and faculty peers, SEED leaders and colleagues use their own experiences and those of their students and children to widen and deepen school curricula and, ultimately, to serve the needs of our diverse community.
- 80+ faculty members have participated in SEED since 2012
- 60+ parents have participated in SEED since 2015
- Five leaders (faculty and parents) have been trained as SEED facilitators
Founded in 1987 by Dr. Peggy McIntosh, author of the classic paper, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” SEED is a peer-led program that promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, workplaces, and communities.
SEED’s unique methodology involves:
- Facilitating ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard
- Examining how our own stories relate to social systems
- Learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts
- Turning oppression and privilege into agency and action
When discussing issues of race, identity and social justice, it is easy to intellectualize these matters. SEED puts faces and experiences to theories and concepts, making them much more concrete. I have learned so much from my experiences in SEED, and I am grateful to be at a school that cares about it as much as I do.”
Faculty SEED Participant