A year-long program designed to help participants understand and grow through reflections on diversity is being offered by Homewood District 153.
Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) takes an inside-out approach to diversity. It has been a part of the district’s teacher development program for 10 years, and was also offered for parents for a time. This school year, the program is being offered to parents and community members.
“You don’t have to have a child here or even live in Homewood, but you have to be willing to make a commitment to meetings once a month,” said Cece Coffey, principal at Homewood’s Churchill School where the meetings will take place.
The informational session will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the school, 1300 W. 190th St.
Because the program is designed to build upon information and shared experiences from previous sessions, Coffey, a trained facilitator for SEED, said participants will be asked to make a commitment to meet one Thursday a month for the 6:30 to 9 p.m. sessions. Dates are Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, Feb. 18, March 10, April 7 and May 5.
SEED addresses issues of diversity based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and class. Activities are structured to provide the framework to address these complex issues.
The inside-out approach applies to each person as an individual in the program as well. The reflective nature of this program causes participants to look at their own identities; possibly illuminating how their own views have been shaped.
For additional information, see the District 153 website at www.hsd153.org