SE Today and Tomorrow: A Special Report on Our Organization

In their words: “Awareness of issues of racial trauma and the trauma that results from marginalization in its many forms has been one of the issues that the SE community has faced this past year. Many, many members raised their voices to speak out about how the Institute needed to find better ways to support a more diverse student group and find ways to bring the SE training to previously underserved communities. The Board created community conversations to listen to those voices and bring what they heard back to staff and faculty. As a faculty member of Japanese-Canadian ancestry, I felt challenged, in a positive way, to work with the Institute to respond to those voices. I was supported by the Institute to participate in training for faculty, staff, and board around race and privilege issues. I have joined a diverse group of people who are offering their expertise and experience to the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, committed to diversifying the organization on all levels. Many of us have been involved in numerous conversations about the need for more diverse faculty so that we can bring a deeper understanding of how trauma impacts different people in different ways, and how to make the classroom safe for folks from all different backgrounds and life experiences. As a member of InterFAC, the committee responsible for international faculty development, we take seriously the need for faculty from the countries where SE is taught who can teach in the languages native to those countries. I feel like the Institute is working diligently towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. There have been and will continue to be places where the Institute falls down or falls behind. And I hope that the SE community will continue to speak up and make us aware of our failures. I feel hopeful about the systemic changes that we are working toward.” – Dea Parsanishi, SE Practitioner and Faculty Member Special Thanks: We couldn’t have done it without you! That is the truth, and we are deeply grateful for the hard work put in by so many people: Faculty: Around the world, you are training people of various backgrounds and experiences in how to use SE to benefit others. Taking training online in 2020 was a monumental task and we are deeply grateful. We appreciate the additional untold hours you provide to help us improve the standards, quality, and professionalism of our work. Assistants: Hundreds of you worldwide are our unsung heroes. Your ongoing contributions of thousands of hours of direct support make our trainings special. You are a core force to a caring and connected community. Coordinators and International Organizers: In 38 countries and counting, you bring a powerful combination of knowledge of SE and community outreach that makes training possible to thousands interested. Staff: You have gone above and beyond during two challenging years and shown us your best. We are inspired by your love and care for the SE community. Finally, a very special thanks to Dr. Peter Levine, our founder, for his long-time work and collaboration with us, helping to bring SE to the world. With our thanks, The 2020-2021 Board Read m ore about our faculty, staff, and Peter Levine here .

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