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Educational Experiences

Seat at the Table Project Guide and Lesson Plan

New version

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
– Shirley Chisholm

Inspired by Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s famous words and life story, the Kennedy Institute launched the Seat at the Table Project in Fall 2018. The Institute invites individuals, schools, and community organizations to think about why diversity of representation is vital and what necessary contributions we each bring to the table when we pull up a chair.

This collaborative project is a companion to the Institute’s new A Seat at the Table exhibit which will feature a selection of chairs created by project participants. Schedule a free chair creation workshop to work with Kennedy Institute educators or download the lesson plan and guide your students in creating a physical representation of a seat at the table for themselves, their class, and their community.

Contact us to share your project outcomes. Visit the Kennedy Institute to experience the new exhibit and the stories of people bringing a seat to the table. For more information, e-mail