Austin Trinity

An independent K-8 Episcopal day school five miles from the heart of Austin



Trinity Celebrates 11 Years with the SEED Project


With the 2018-2019 school year, Trinity marks its 11th year of involvement in 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. And we provide dinner and childcare!

Parent meetings, facilitated by Lower School Counselor Jennifer Dugan, are monthly from 5:45 to 8 p.m. While you're in class, your children can participate in our SEEDling program, led by Dan Imburgia—MS History teacher and former SEED facilitator—and assisted by kindergarten teaching fellow Molly Novelli. Dinner provided for kids, too!

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.

Trinity hosts 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, socio-economic status and sexual orientation.


Why Seed Works

This video, created by a Trinity student, outlines how SEED creates conversational communities that drive change.

Creating Conversational Communities That Drive Change from Trinity Episcopal School on Vimeo.


Join the Conversation

Seminars meet monthly, 5:45 - 8 p.m.

SEED Meeting Dates

  • Sept. 20
  • Oct. 11
  • Nov. 29
  • Jan. 17
  • Feb. 21
  • Mar. 28

 

During monthly, 3-hour 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 a 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.

RSVP to Jennifer Dugan or Viji Panda at 512.472.9525.

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