SEED — Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity
Trinity Celebrates 12 Years with the National SEED Project
With the 2019-20 school year, Trinity Episcopal School marks its 12th year of involvement with Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED), a national program that encourages community-wide ownership of diversity challenges and solutions. Trinity's SEED parent group provides a safe environment for discussing difficult topics and addressing equity issues in education and society. Parents meet one evening a month, and we provide dinner and childcare.
Trinity is the only school in Austin that partners with the National SEED Project. We are building a community: a family with different faces, thoughts and ideas. We are creating a safe environment, one that mirrors a world in which children see their faces, their history, their way of life and their culture. All of this validates their existence, value and inclusion in society. We host two SEED groups, one for faculty and staff and another for parents. In both groups, through articles, videos and discussions, we focus specific attention and place a strong emphasis on systemic understanding of topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
Join the Conversation
During monthly seminars, participants explore their own education in relation to race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity, abilities and age, and how these factors currently impact their school, community and classroom. Seminars are led by facilitators who have participated in an intense week-long SEED New Leaders' training program. Leaders do not lecture, but rather lead their peers in experiential, interactive exercises and discussions, often stimulated by films and readings.
SEED seminars help participants reflect on and connect their individual experiences to a wider systematic context. Members gain new insights into how the world works and how they can make their schools more inclusive and fair. Because of the format and nature of topics covered, we ask that you commit to all six sessions as trust and relationships grow and develop over the course of the year. The first two sessions are vital to establishing the foundation for this. We know life gets in the way. If you can’t make at least one of the first two sessions, please consider waiting until next year to participate.
Want to sign up or get more details? Email Viji Panda, Director of Initiatives for Diversity & Inclusion.