Students Engaging in Essential Dialogue (SEED) is a student-led program, funded by the Dean of Students and coordinated by a student board and a handful of faculty and staff advisors. SEED aims to create a more open campus culture characterized by ongoing conversations among students about inclusion, exclusion, and difference. Specifically, the program trains students to facilitate conversations with established student groups about identities and their intersections.

Our facilitators have also been trained to help you develop an action plan to improve your group’s dynamic and community. Depending on your group’s needs, facilitators can be involved in checking in or having additional facilitations throughout the term/year.

Our goal is to engage students in an ongoing learning process, empowering them to have these conversations in all communities and thereby planting the SEED for a more inclusive and unified Carleton.

Request a SEED facilitation if you feel like a student group would benefit from identity-centered dialogue and collective action plan building. Access the SEED Facilitator Request Form online.

Participant Feedback

  • 100% marked 4 or 5 (on a scale from 1 to 5) for “This conversation increased my self-awareness.”
  • 95% marked 4 or 5 for “This conversation increased my awareness and understanding of perspectives other than my own.”
  • 81% marked 4 or 5 for “I feel like our group will talk more frequently and/or comfortably about these topics now that we have discussed them in this facilitated conversation.”
  • 90% marked 4 or 5 for “I feel more comfortable having conversations about these topics myself now that I have participated in this facilitated conversation.”

What Has Been Done?

  • By 2023 we will have successfully completed 35 facilitations
  • Previous groups that have completed facilitations include:
    • CANOE
    • Men’s Frisbee
    • Model United Nations
    • Sunrise Carleton
    • Swimming & Diving Varsity Team
    • CSA