We're delighted to republish this piece by Captain Rick Wester, Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a SEED leader. This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 issue of The Bulletin, the magazine of the United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association.
By SEED Co-directors Gail Cruise-Roberson and Emmy Howe, and SEED Associate Director Ruth Mendoza.
ReSEED is a chance for seasoned SEED leaders to reconnect, refresh, retreat and reinvigorate in the company of other SEED folks. The most recent ReSEED, held October 26-28, 2018, came at an important time in our country, as many people have faced one of the most challenging periods in recent memory.
Sujatha Shenoy, in a piece at Quartz, says that SEED was one of the components that made her daughter's school "unusually well equipped to have difficult conversations about race and other sensitive issues" in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Jr.