Short History of LCICE:

Based on community demands, the Learning Communities have been expanding and multiplying.  During the first part of this rapid expansion, 1998 to 2005, only one full-time staff member, and founder of the Learning Communities, Dr. Seema Kapani, provided ongoing professional development for 785 participants by inviting 91 past Learning Community members to serve as participant facilitators.  During the past 18 years of facilitated training, more than 2,600 colleagues have participated in LCICE’s Leadership and training institutes.


  • In Fall 1998, the Leadership Institute (LI), was launched for faculty, staff, graduate students and Madison community leaders.
  • In 2001, the instructional SEED (Seeking Educational Equity through Diversity) was created for faculty and instructional staff and graduate students.
  • In 2002, the Excellence through Diversity Institute (EDI) was launched.
  • In 2003, SEEDED (SEED for “Experienced Doers) and the Student SEED Seminar, a 3 credit course, was developed and offered. SEEDED was created for faculty and instructional staff who wished a place of dialogue and practice with colleagues and Student SEED was co-created with both graduate and undergraduate students and other volunteer staff for the students who wished a similar learning journey.