Visit SEED's designated website at: nationalseedproject.org
Project Co-Directors: Emily Style, M.A., Brenda Flyswithhawks, Ph.D., Emmy Howe, M.Ed.
Founder, and Senior Associate for the SEED Expansion: Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.,
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. We do this by training individuals to facilitate ongoing seminars within their own institutions and communities. SEED leaders design their seminars to include personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' 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.
More than 2,200 educators, parents, and community leaders from 42 U.S. states and 15 other countries have been trained as SEED leaders by National SEED and the Minnesota and New Jersey branches of the Project. The majority of SEED staff members are people of color.
In these peer-led SEED seminars, participants use their own experiences and those of their students, children, and colleagues to widen and deepen school and college curricula and make communities and workplaces more inclusive. SEED assists educators, parents, community leaders, and others in valuing their voices so they can, in turn, better value the voices of others. In 2011, SEED received a $2.92 million dollar grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to double the number of SEED leaders trained each year, to waive training fees for teachers from 18 rural and urban schools that serve the most vulnerable populations, to launch a new online presence, and to hold a SEED Leadership Institute for school principals. To learn more, visit the SEED website