In the local FLDC site in Seattle, co-design was led by the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), in partnership with the University of Washington. SESEC is a coalition of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), schools, educators, community leaders, parents and caregivers, and concerned SE Seattle residents working to improve education for all children, especially those in SE Seattle and those farthest away from opportunities.
SESEC and core CBOs partnered to ask the co-design questions:
- How can we grow racial equity that is grounded in wholeness and wellness and learning to be just?
- How can we work across communities of color to build wholeness and solidarity?
- How can we work with white people seeking to be allies and organizations driven by dominant-culture goals?
- How can we be inclusive of not only different cultural groups but also people of different ages, languages, abilities, and experience level in doing racial equity work?
The SESEC and core CBOs co-developed a facilitation toolkit that created space for people to hear each others’ stories and reflect on educational (in)equity from multiple perspectives. They focused explicitly on creating multiple pathways to participation, so that the dialogues were inclusive across diverse ages and experiences.