Skokie and Niles Township SEED
Skokie and Niles Township SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) offers equity seminars for people who live, work, or have children who attend school in Skokie and Niles Township. The 10-month program will be led by facilitators trained by the National SEED Project, whose mission is to drive personal, institutional, and societal change toward social justice. Originally created with educators in mind, the flexibility of SEED makes it adaptable for different groups, creating a powerful experience for people who play all kinds of roles in their communities and organizations.
What is SEED?
Through activities and conversations often stimulated by videos and readings, participants explore their awareness and learning related to topics such as racism, race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, religion, abilities, and age, and how these factors affect their workplace, groups, and community. By offering personal stories and reflections, listening to others' stories and reflections, and learning together, participants deepen their understanding of themselves and connect their own experiences to the wider systemic context. People who complete this training often look for ways to help create more inclusive, just, and equitable communities.
Join a SEED Seminar
Skokie and Niles Township SEED is planning four cohorts starting in September 2022, each consisting of an orientation and nine sessions as follows:
- Cohort A. Mondays at Julia S. Molloy Education Center from 4-7 pm on October 3 & 24, November 14, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1
- Cohort B. Tuesdays at Skokie Public Library from 4-7 pm on September 27, October 18, November 15, December 6, January 17, February 7, March 7, April 11, and May 9
- Cohort C. Wednesdays online from 6:00-8:30 pm on September 28 and October 19; 6-8 pm on November 9 & 30, December 14, January 11 & 25 , February 15, March 1 & 15, April 19, May 3 & 24 , and June 7
- Cohort D. Thursdays at Skokie Public Library from 9:30 am-12:30 pm on September 29, October 20, November 10, December 1, January 19, February 9, March 9, April 20, and May 18
Participants will be required to attend one of two orientation sessions, taking place on Zoom, Saturday, September 17, 10-11:30 am and Monday, September 19, 6-7:30 pm.
If you are interested in participating in a SEED seminar, complete the online application form between August 1-26, 2022. Applications submitted outside these dates will not be considered. Please note that you will NOT be able to save your application partway through and return to it. However, you may download a PDF worksheet to review the questions before applying online.
Priority will be given to people who live, work, or have children attending a Skokie or Niles Township school in the upcoming school year. You will be notified about your status by September 7, 2022.
Conditions for Participation
Participants should be aware of the following.
To build the trust among participants that is critical for open conversation, participants are allowed only one absence for any reason. In addition to monthly sessions, there is a mandatory orientation.
Participation in SEED includes homework between sessions, including readings, videos, and written personal reflections, to supplement learning and prepare for upcoming sessions.
We are committed to making SEED open to everyone, regardless of income. Therefore, there is no registration fee for individual participants. Organizations serving Skokie and Niles Township whose employees or board members participate in SEED will be charged $300 tuition per participant to help offset the costs of running SEED cohorts. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
Impact of SEED
Previous participants have said:
"I view the world very differently since participating in SEED. On a daily basis I am struck by some bias of my own or others. For myself, I work every day to overcome the biases I have and make choices both personally and professionally that hopefully create a more equitable space for everyone."
"It has made it easier to speak up when I hear something or read something or see something that isn’t ok."
"I listen to others more deeply than before this training. I also have more empathy for people’s different points of view."
"At every opportunity, I share with my adult children, friends, church community, articles from the SEED curriculum."
"I was able to make connections with other community members with whom I interacted in a vulnerable and authentic way."
You can hear from others through this video created by the National SEED Project:
Skokie and Niles Township SEED Partners
Niles Township Special Education District #807
Skokie Park District, fiscal agent
Skokie Public Library
Skokie School District 73.5
Village of Skokie