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Frequently Asked Questions: SEAT

About SEAT

What does SEAT stand for?
Sexuality Education Advocacy Training

What is SEAT?
SEAT brings together youth and young adult allies from diverse spiritual/religious communities to discuss sex education as a religious issue, its impact on young people, queer people and people of color. The three and a half day training includes interfaith sharing and worship, identity mapping and development, community organizing skill building sessions, a legislative briefing, lobbying training and lobby visits with Congressional staff as well as sightseeing opportunities in our Nation's Capital.

Who can attend? (New for 2010!)
Youth, young adults, and adult allies from all spiritual/religious communities who are passionate about the importance of sex education and want to learn how to be religious/spiritual advocates for comprehensive sex education and community leaders on this issue.

We encourage intergenerational groups from the same geographic area to attend together, but each person MUST submit their own application. 

Where is it?
The training will be held in Washington, DC, at the offices of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, near DuPont Circle. If you have questions or concerns about site accessibility please contact us at seat @ uua.org.

How much does it cost?
The training fee is on a sliding scale of $50-$150; please pay as much as you can afford. All meals and housing are provided. Generous funding is readily available to offset travel costs

Are there any scholarships available?
Yes, scholarships are available! If selected to attend the event, scholarship information will be sent with your acceptance notice.

Where do I stay?
Housing will be provided at Hotel Palomar in Washington, DC.

Will there be any free time to explore the city?
There will be free time between programs and, after the lobby visits on Monday, time will be set aside for visiting monuments and museums.

Is there a sample schedule available?
Not yet. Stay tuned for more information!

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Email seat @ uua.org or contact specific sponsoring organizations:

  • Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA): Orelia Busch (202) 393-2255 x12, seat @ uua.org
  • United Church of Christ (UCC): Ann Hanson (216) 736-3718, hansona @ ucc.org
  • Union for Reform Judaism (URJ): Isaac Nuell (202) 387-2800, inuell @ rac.org

About the Application

When are applications due?
The application deadline is January 4th! Apply Today!

How do I apply?
Fill out an online application.

Do I have to apply online?
Paper applications (PDF) are available, but we strongly encourage applicants to apply online if they are able.

Why do I have to agree to bring what I learn back to my community?
SEAT is held each year to bring together activists and teach them how to effectively advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in their communities. The event is specifically for people that want to apply what they learn at SEAT when they return home.

I have never taken a sexuality education course before, can I still apply?
Sure! Not having taken a sexuality education course is just as valuable an experience to bring to the training as those who have taken a course. You can always write about what you learned by not taking a sexuality education course.

I have attended SEAT in the past, should I still apply?
Yes. Past attendees bring a lot of passion and experience to the training.

Should I tell my friends about the training?
YES, please do! Attending SEAT in a group of two or three is a fantastic way to gain as much knowledge as you can and will help you when you organize in your community. Please remember that each individual must submit an application in order to be considered.

For more information contact la_womensissues @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

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