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Moving Educational Justice Beyond Anti-Oppression: Centering Wholeness and Wellness in 2020

Date: Friday - February 07, 2020
Time: All Day
Location: Giddens School and Lake Washington Girls Middle School (2101 22nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)

This Workshop is At Capacity and Now Closed

Moving Educational Justice Beyond Anti-Oppression: Centering Wholeness and Wellness in 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 9:00-3:00

Location: Giddens School and Lake Washington Girls Middle School



Who Should Attend:

Independent school educators, leaders and diversity practitioners


Workshop Description:

This session will provide participants with a meaningful learning experience to ground their own wholeness and wellness and will demonstrate a framework for leading campus conversations beyond focusing solely on oppression in educational justice work. Participants will also participate in a more nuanced conversation around identity that allows for self-determination and a more nuanced analysis of our individual and collective socialized experiences.

At the core of our session will be elemental visioning - understanding our human experience through the natural world in what Western society refers to as “metaphor.” As one experiential learning exercise, we will ask participants to consider the ways in which their racial identity has been a nest to them - a source of wholeness and wellness - and the ways in which it has been a cage for them - a source of pain and insufficiency. We will use storytelling prompts for people to share as they are in able in smaller groups, and then discuss the ways in which they see connections (mirrors) and differences (windows) with one another. Attendees will then have the opportunity to consider how this framework and these conversations might be useful for learning and designing racial justice efforts in their home institution.  

This session will introduce a facilitative framework to move educational justice from focusing only oppression and resistance to also including wholeness and wellness. We will introduce participants to the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), a 33-year-old facilitation training program that centers learning and relationship-building as necessary for individual and collective justice. Our method is grounded in gathering people together in intentionally-structured and ongoing conversations where people reflect within themselves, share stories, and participate in experiential learning about social systems in order to grow capacity for change. This session should particularly benefit those who are committed to taking active leadership roles in building more just institutions, organizations, and communities.



Workshop Facilitator:

Jondou Chase Chen, Co-Director, The National SEED Project


Jondou Chase Chen, PhD, is an educator, researcher, and capacity builder whose work focuses on advancing discourse, research, and systems change toward educational equity. That is, how can we learn to be our whole selves and in just relationship with others? As such, Dr. Chen sees equity as innerpersonal as well as interpersonal, context-specific and process-driven, and ongoing as well as urgent. Dr. Chen is Co-Director of the National SEED Project at Wellesley College, Massachusetts and senior lecturer for Educational Equity at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Chen received his bachelor’s degree in intellectual history and master’s in education from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in applied statistics and doctorate in developmental psychology from Columbia University. As a practitioner, Dr. Chen has worked in a range of settings including homeless shelters, youth centers, high schools, alternative education programs, and detention centers. Dr. Chen has conducted program evaluation research measuring youth development and family well-being following provision of early childhood education, affordable housing, prison-based education, arts-based therapy for combat veterans, socioemotional learning interventions, and community organizing and leadership trainings. Most importantly, Dr. Chen is life partner to Becca and papa bear to Ruth and Sunny. “天下為公." -Sun Yat Sen


NWAIS Attendees


Early Bird (By January 6, 2020): $165

Late (After January 6, 2020): $195


Non-NWAIS Attendees:

$230 (anytime)



Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for the early bird discount.

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.



Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by January 29, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 29, 2020 are ineligible for any refund.


NWAIS Is Going Paperless.

All program materials will be provided electronically. If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please bring a internet connected device, download the materials in advance or print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


Attendees Will Be Eligible For 5 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.


NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details



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