SEED Leader Regional Networks

SEED maintains several regional networks for SEED leaders at all levels of experience, both veteran and newly trained. These groups meet regularly, under the guidance of an experienced leader and/or SEED staff member, to discuss topics of interest, share expertise, ask questions, and provide support to each other. Some also take part in local events or help develop events for the wider community. Occasionally, regional events are open to people interested in finding more out about or being more involved in SEED.

If you are interested in participating in a regional network, please contact info@nationalseedproject.org and indicate your region.

Bay Area SEED

Coordinators: Judy Logan, Chris Dunlap, Marcia Lovelace

In addition to Saturday meetings for SEED leaders, Bay Area SEED has hosted a free, public SEED Showcase Day for more than 60 people with workshops on racism, SEED, disability rights, women in science and technology, and using picture books as tools to introduce topics of justice for all ages.

Chicagoland SEED

Coordinator: Motoko Maegawa

Chicagoland SEED meets six times a year. Sessions are held at homes and all who attend bring parts of a meal to share. Additionally, Chicagoland SEED uses its e-mail network to organize member trips to other organizations' events. They have seen plays, heard speakers such as Chimamanda Adiche and Ta- Nehisi Coates, attended a powwow, and attended other training or conferences, with a chance to meet other leaders before or after. Chicagoland SEED has a small lending library and DVD collection.

DC SEED

Coordinators: Jessica North Macie and Kiki Davis

For leaders in the greater DC area.

Minnesota SEED

Coordinators: Kari Xiong, Kerwin Bell, (Twin Cities) Kim Dahlen

Minnesota has been one of the most active locations for SEED since the St. Paul Foundation, among others, funded the Minnesota SEED Branch from 1992 to 2005. This was in part to help fulfill a new state rule that required the curriculum to deal more inclusively with gender, race, and disability. Today, SEED leaders continue to meet for networking and support.

New England SEED

Coordinators: Donald Burroughs, Emmy Howe, Ruth Mendoza

The first of the regional networks, NE SEED has met each September to May since 1996. Meetings have covered an array of topics and served as an essential setting for the professional growth of participants, many of whom have attended NE SEED for a dozen or more years. NE SEED has been a place where new SEED methods and pedagogy have been created, tried out, and shared. It is a challenging, ever-changing conversation, often focused on how to work with students and community members on difficult topics of racism, transphobia, xenophobia, and homophobia as they reflect current events and manifest in school and community life.

New York City Metro Area SEED (CT, NJ, NY)

Coordinators: Gail Cruise-Roberson, Patricia Matos

The NYC SEED Regional Network group is open to SEED leaders from New Jersey and Connecticut as well as the New York area (including Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx). Gatherings are divided between in-person get-togethers and online chats.

— Cheryl Robinson, Supervisor, Office of Minority Achievement, Arlington Public Schools, Virginia