SEEDS4Change


OUR VISION

SEEDS4Change is a student organization committed to challenging unspoken dominant narratives, empowering students to understand their agency, and creating sustainable systemic change in the Curry Community.

OUR MISSION:

  • To create a supportive atmosphere for courageous conversations surrounding issues of race, religion, gender, disabilities, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation
  • To urge Curry Community members to continuously reflect on their own biases and cultural assumptions
  • To uncover normative power dynamics and advocate for equity and social justice
  • To provide opportunities for networking and interdisciplinary action with the goal of critical engagement

2017-2018 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Kimalee Dickerson

Kimalee is a third year PhD student in the Educational Psychology Applied Developmental Science program. Kimalee holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Kimalee spent several years practicing law, including serving as an appellate law clerk on state and federal courts. Kimalee's research interests center around the impact of institutional and structural racism on the experiences of African American students in educational settings.

Anthony DeMauro

Anthony is a PhD candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from American University and a Master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then worked for three years as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant. Anthony’s current research interests include mindfulness for teachers and teacher well-being. He is also interested in exploring the intersection of contemplation and activism.

Jacob 'Jake' Bennett

Jacob is a PhD candidate in the CISE dept.  Before coming to Curry, Jake was a high school social studies teacher for 6 years in Atlanta and Nashville.  He holds a BSEd from the University of Georgia, and a M.A. in Cultural and Intellectual History from Georgia State University.  His thesis entitled White Privilege: A History of the Concept has been downloaded over 17k times and analyzed how the concept of White privilege has been understood and employed in the history of the U.S. through media and academic writings.  Currently, Jake's research interests include examining how teachers perceive the concept of racial privilege, and the ways that may affect their praxis in the classroom.

Alexa Quinn

Alexa is an Ed.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction. She has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Curry, Alexa was the Elementary Curriculum Specialist for Democracy Prep Public Schools. She was previously a school leader and a 4th grade teacher at Harlem Prep Charter School. She is passionate about teacher development, especially supporting elementary teachers in the implementation of rigorous, content-rich curricula.

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To Contact SEEDS4Change, please email us at: seeds4changeuva@gmail.com