The Seed House

Our Mission

Our mission is to create an arena for established and emerging community leaders and organizations to grow and develop in their capacity to bring about sustainable justice and equality through dialogue, creative expression and collective action.

Focus

By facilitating inclusive spaces, we bring people together from local communities in Kansas and surrounding states who face specific struggles. Through creative expression, popular education, critical dialogue and learning to live sustainably, people will figure out how best to move forward in solving their problems. Centrally located in the thriving and diverse NorthEnd neighborhood in Wichita, The Seed House ~ La Casa de la Semilla is a catalyst in developing a rich public life, neighbor-to-neighbor engagement, and practicing democracy in a neighborhood context.

Creativity

Creativity

We believe that creativity lays at the foundation of any efforts to bring about social change; by actively exploring creative expression one can achieve social innovation, thus fostering the development of new perspectives of seeing and understanding the world.

Nothing inhibits creativity more than fear of failure. The Seed House~La Casa de la Semilla is a place that provides freedom from fear and anxiety, setting the arena for innovation and experimentation by challenging individuals to think beyond their comfort zone. Leaders have the opportunity to develop a critical eye on the efforts put forward and to generate solutions to issues we face every day. In this process of experimentation, creation and evaluation, failure becomes a significant learning tool.

Empowerment

Empowerment

The Seed House ~ La Casa de la Semilla is a space that elevates leadership to higher levels of inspiration and dignity, creating individuals capable of great discernment and innovation who are sensitive to the opportunities and threats posed by important societal and historical trends in our communities. For the self-actualized individual, there is no end, just a constant movement to expand and grow; it is in that growth process that The Seed House will be an instrument that facilitates new and effective ways of thinking and behaving, a cultural hub that can serve as a connector between diverse communities.

Sustainability

Sustainability

It is the belief of The Seed House ~La Casa de la Semilla that poverty and isolation from society is not a personal choice, but something that is created at systemic levels that need to be addressed while at the same time creating a more stable and sustainable life for people and their children.   

Community

Community

We believe that places are made and given meaning by the people who live in them and the relations among those that inhabit it. We recognize the fundamental role of the arts acting as the adhesive for connecting people across different constituencies as well as in finding innovative propositions to ways of living together and exploring tangible change.

Inclusion

Inclusion

Racism functions on multiple levels of society. It is not simply an attitude or ideology that some people express towards others based on racial identity; that is racial bias. Systemic racism excludes people of color from access to economic and social resources and institutional power. Racism intersects with other types of oppression; thus, our approach to racial justice work must be intersectional. The Seed House mission also prioritizes gender justice, addressing sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Our relationships reflect this work, and we know that we will continue to find points of intersection and collaboration on these issues.

Our Staff

At The Seed House ~ La Casa de la Semilla, we walk with people and groups doing their own thing, finding their own solutions to the needs of their neighborhood or community.  Our role is to provide support, resources, spaces for collaboration, and questions for reflection and analysis.   

 

Jondalyn Crosby

Director of Administration & Program Manager
Jondalyn Crosby

Jondalyn Crosby

Director of Administration & Program Manager

Laura Dungan

Co-founder / Community Development Director
Laura Dungan

Laura Dungan

Co-founder / Community Development Director

Laura Dungan, Community Outreach Director, has been in the field of Community Organizing for over 25 years and was mentored by Shel Trapp, co-founder of National People’s Action in Chicago. Laura is the Founding Director of Sunflower Community Action, which began in a predominantly African-American community with block clubs that grew to multi-racial statewide scale.

Through this organization, countless indigenous leaders in Black, Brown, and Anglo communities worked together to realize thousands of dollars in neighborhood infrastructure, and a large $7.2 million settlement for Kansas consumers from a predatory subprime lending company. Kansas Latino leaders, also, secured the passage of the In-State Tuition bill for Hispanic youth.

While at Sunflower, inspired by Myles Horton of the Highlander School, Laura, established an annual Leadership School that provided space for hundreds of Kansas leaders to train and develop themselves. At the national level she was organizer of an action at The Department of Homeland Security with 700 people that resulted in negotiations allowing thousands to complete their citizenship process before the fall presidential election in 2008. With the understanding that people are the experts of their own problems, she organized a workshop with 10 national leaders held at Highlander Research and Education Center and began a relationship that became the grounding for a Highlander-esque inspired organization in Kansas, The Seed House ~ Casa de la Semilla.

With music and spirituality as integral threads in the community organizing fabric, the Rockwood Institute and Center For Courage and Renewal facilitated and encouraged her further growth fostering a deeper and more expansive creativity in the weaving of a new world. Laura’s current big question is:

If it is love that wins, what does it look and feel like to win your enemy?

Marquetta Atkins

Director of Communications & Youth Development
Marquetta Atkins

Marquetta Atkins

Director of Communications & Youth Development

Marquetta Atkins is a community educator who brings her passion for working with youth of color and her creative energy to the table as a facilitator. For years she has dedicated herself to ensuring that young people are equipped with the tools for a better future. She was born and raised in Wichita, KS and graduated with a degree in Communications from Wichita State University. Her persistence in reaching her educational goals equipped her to be a mentor for high school youth in Wichita, including her own children. She is an active mentor with Sisterhood, a program operating in the Wichita public high schools. Her passion for youth development is rooted in her conviction that youth are the change-makers we need for the transformation of our communities, both today and in the future.
In 2015 she founded Camp Destination Innovation to expose young people to a variety of career options, encouraging them to create their own future. The camp also helps youth explore strategies for social-preneurship and civic engagement, grounding their professional development in a larger vision for whole and healthy communities. Marquetta is a member of the Entrepreneurship Task Force, striving to eliminate the barriers facing young people and women as entrepreneurs. She created Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas (WeKan!), an initiative to support the growth and power of women entrepreneurs. Marquetta’s talented facilitation challenges people to question their own assumptions and dig deeper into critical awareness. Inspired by Maya Angelou, Marquetta seeks to challenge dominant narratives and create the kind of world she wants to live in.

Yadira Palacios

Communications
Yadira Palacios

Yadira Palacios

Communications

The Board of Directors

Alejo Cabral

Alejo Cabral

Alejo Cabral

Autumn Black

Autumn Black

Autumn Black

Billie Knighton

Retired Psychotherapist
Billie Knighton

Billie Knighton

Retired Psychotherapist

Natalie Reed

Natalie Reed

Natalie Reed

Annual Report

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