The National SEED Project and Open Circle, both action programs at WCW, teamed up in January 2019 to facilitate a workshop on equity and social and emotional learning (SEL) at Tufts University. The workshop was part of the Tisch College SEL and Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows program, which seeks to further integrate SEL skills into practices, programs, and research throughout the university.
“Collaborating with Tufts in this way provided an excellent and timely opportunity to broaden the work of both Open Circle and SEED in higher education,” said Gail Cruise-Roberson, SEED co-director and one of the workshop facilitators. Cruise-Roberson, along with SEED leader and educator Sarah Fiarman, and Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., director of Open Circle and a SEED leader, highlighted interconnections of SEL and equity in difficult classroom conversations. Faculty fellows left with action plans for implementing this work in their courses.