Destination

This annual professional development program brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions. Each year's program will feature multiple experiences that will be valuable for faculty who have participated in Destination and those who are new to the experience. Join us this summer to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions with colleagues from diverse fields with varied experiences and interests. All Valencia faculty members, part-time and full-time, are encouraged to apply. 

All tracks will award $500 for successful completion. As with previous Destination sessions, professional development (PD) hours are not available for the summer portion of the program.

 


Equity-minded Practice
This track will challenge participants through an intentional process of critical reflection and self-inquiry. In partnership with students and colleagues, participants will analyze their practice through a race-conscious lens and evaluate equity in learning environments. Participants will develop one or more products to advance equitable behaviors and student outcomes.

Track Outcomes:

  • Recognize patterns of inequity in actions and practice inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Analyze beliefs, actions, and practice through a race-conscious lens. 
  • Evaluate equity in the learning environment in partnership with each other and students. 
  • Identify approaches with students across differences. 
  • Create an equity-minded product of practice.  

 

SEED I: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. It is an international project founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings.  These sessions deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making Valencia more inclusive. 

Track Outcomes:

  • Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  • Explore experiences and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective.
  • Listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective.
  • Notice the impact and intent of our communication.
  • Appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues.
  • Examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes.
  • Create a sense of community through dialogue and stories.
  • Work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved.
  • Employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications.

 

SEED II: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity II

SEED II invites participants to continue to examine their professional and personal experiences using a lens of racism and race. As a result of completing this course, participants will be better equipped to support diverse perspectives and work effectively at Valencia in a pluralistic society by improving the multicultural experience for themselves and their students.

NOTE: This track is open to participants who will have successfully completed SEED I prior to Destination 2021

Track Outcomes:

  • Describe how the PJI 13 Principles impact my personal and professional experiences.
  • Apply a common vocabulary for having conversations about racism.
  • Discover my own voice about issues of difference through a lens of racism and race.
  • Discuss my own process of racial/cultural identity development.
  • Compare others’ processes of racial/cultural identity development to my own.
  • Analyze my assumptions about racism and race.
  • Design learning atmospheres that encourage all students to share viewpoints.

Questions or For More Information

For general questions, please contact, Stacy Robinson, Faculty & Instructional Development Coordinator at srobinson89@valenciacollege.edu

*Your employment status at the time of application will determine compensation. Full-time non-exempt staff and part-time staff are paid their hourly wage; overtime may be paid, if applicable. Please note that overtime is paid after 40 hours of work, not inclusive of leave or paid time off. If you have any questions about how you would be compensated for participation in the program, please contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).  


Destination 2022 Coming soon.


Summer Dates and Times:

Kick-off Session: TBD

Session 2: TBD

Session 3: TBD

Session 4: TBD

Wrap Up Session: TBD


Highlights from Past Destination Sessions

Destination 2021 Recap Part 1 and Recap Part 2

Locations

TBD