SEED at Belmont Day

Next time you help or watch your child pack their backpack to come to school, pause for a moment to think about what messages, ideas, and assumptions they bring along with the books, papers, clothes, water bottles, and other physical objects. Does it hold notions that weigh them down all day? Assumptions about themselves that make the day easier, or harder? Ideas that bring joy even if they never get taken out of the bag? Who packed all of those, anyway? And how can we help our children develop their own best understanding of who they can be, as well as the skills and empathy to respond to others who are carrying their own knapsacks of messages, ideas, and assumptions?

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) is in it's third year at Belmont Day. SEED is a nationally recognized peer-led program of community, personal, and professional development focused on issues of identity, equity, and social justice. Topics covered include race, gender, religion, social class, and other identifiers and their intersectionality. This work will help us to deepen our understanding, awareness, and ability to respond to one another’s experiences and our own as we navigate the world around us—and help us support our students as they set out on their journeys that are at once intertwined with, and independent of, our own.

SEED is built on facilitated small group conversations, shared experiences (films, readings, and food—breaking bread together is very important!) and reflection on our own stories as we work toward understanding and changing the systems of privilege, power, and oppression. As we seek to do with our students, we look for both mirrors to reflect our our own situations and windows into the experiences of others.   

Building our understanding and trust of each other is essential to moving these complex conversations forward. We welcome you to join us!   

Visit The National SEED Project website for additional information.

Dean Spencer and Leesa Mercedes are the parent SEED group leaders.

Parent Seed Meetings

October 22, November 12, December 17, January 7, February 4, March 10, April 14, May 12

Parents participating in Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) will meet monthly. SEED is a nationally recognized peer-led program of community, personal, and professional development focused on issues of identity, equity, and social justice. The group will be facilitated by Tina Fox and Dean Spencer. Meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.