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A key practice in SEED seminars is sharing our personal stories to illuminate systems of privilege and oppression. I am reminded of this every year as we approach Passover, the Jewish holiday in which we share the story of gaining our freedom from slavery—and encourage ourselves to keep working for the freedom of all people even today. This year, as our world is swept up in a crisis like no other, these themes seem more important than ever.
By SEED Staff Member Christine SaxmanAfter seeing multiple requests from Asian folks and other folks of color to interrupt the fear, ignorance, and racism in the time of COVID-19, I feel called to reach out to my White community and ask us to do more. My humble offering comes from my perspective as a White woman working to end racism. I invite accountability from those targeted by racism to help us all reach a new, critical perspective in order to eliminate the pain and trauma racism causes and change our system for the better.
SEED is monitoring the current COVID-19 threat closely. At this time, we intend to conduct our 2020 SEED New Leaders Weeks on the dates currently listed. Should a postponement become necessary, we will roll over to 2021 those who were admitted and paid their deposit (or full fee) for the 2020 cohort. Unless we inform you otherwise, however, our current refund and deferral policy remains in effect. We encourage you to proceed with submitting your applications. Please know that we will remain in regular contact with you as we plan for the summer.

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

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