Palm Valley School is committed to providing an educational environment that actively promotes diversity and equity in its student body, fosters cultural competence in its faculty and staff, and seeks to instill in students an appreciation for and understanding of the range of human differences.
As part of our strategic plan described in Vision 2020, we wanted to create space for authentic conversations with parents, families, and faculty surrounding the topics of diversity. Since 2016, Palm Valley School has partnered with the National SEED Project to promote equity and inclusion within the school and local community of the Coachella Valley. The National SEED Project (www.nationalseedproject.org) is dedicated to creating conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. Our values of Diversity, Responsibility to Self and Others, and Inquiry and Exploration are very present in our work with SEED.
Our monthly SEED seminars are free public events, with a light dinner served, where the community can come together in experiential, interactive activities, and honest conversations. Through personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' voices, and learning experientially and collectively, SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege—and challenges us to push for positive change. At SEED, we value all voices so we can, in turn, better value the voices of our students.
About SEED participation:
“The impact of SEED on my personal and professional growth has been invaluable. I feel more confident in my own multiple identities and empowered by the language and a set of tools SEED has given me to engage in productive social justice work. Whether in my classroom or the broader community, I value the opportunity to broaden my perspective through actively listening to the perspectives of others.” - Kenton Buck, SEED Co-Leader
“As a student of story-telling, SEED reminds me that for all of the epics we’ve written and tales we’ve told as humans, our individual stories remain the most powerful. Only in speaking and sharing our individual truths can we come to understand the lived experience of others and strive towards a just society. SEED’s focus on knowledge of the complete self, and our individual place in society and the systems that define it, have challenged me to grow in ways I hadn’t imagined and I look forward to facilitating this growth within our community.” - Zac Hewitt, SEED Co-Leader