SEEDS for Change (Students of Education Engaged in Diversity Scholarship) is a student organization committed to challenging dominant narratives, disrupting systems of oppression and inequity, empowering students to recognize and activate their agency, and creating sustainable changes within the School of Education and Human Development’s community.

Mission & Vision

  • To create a supportive environment for courageous conversations and productive struggle surrounding issues of race, religion, gender, abilities, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation
  • To continuously reflect on our own biases, cultural assumptions, and dimensions of privilege while demanding the same of the School of Education and Human Development community
  • To critically audit for, and uncover, normative power dynamics and advocate for equity and social justice
  • To provide opportunities for networking and interdisciplinary action with the goal of creating critically-engaged change agents

Core Values

  • Community
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Social Justice

2023-2024 Steering Committee Members

  • Maya Johnson
  • Allison Ward-Seidel
  • Analia Mazoratti
  • Tatiana Campbell

Membership & Information

Join us! New members who are looking to engage in our work on diversity scholarship and student empowerment are always welcome. If you would like to be a part of our organization or have general inquiries, engage with our reps at the next SEEDS4Change event, contact us.

Past Programming

Albemarle’s Black Classrooms
That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town
I’m Not a Racist, Am I?
Autism in the African-AMerican Community (co-sponsored with DAC)

How to be a SEED For Change
Responsible Use of Race in Research
SEEDS Clinical Psychology

‘You Are Still Black’: Charlottesville’s Racial Divide Hinders Students (NYTimes Article)
Teaching for Social Justice
Building a Culturally Responsive Classroom Community

YSI Case Study Evaluation of Social Justice Work (at request of faculty)
Presented and won award at Diversifying Scholarship Conference 2018

  • Supported initial planning of Conversations Around Race and Equity (CARE) groups
  • Worked with undergraduate SEEDS group on direct actions related to race and equity at EHD
  • Supported initiative to make feminine hygiene products available at EHD