An EdComVersation Online Discussion
Developing a Strategy for Inclusion and Diversity
April 20, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)
More often than not, diversity and inclusion in museums is treated as a program rather than a strategy. Developing a strategy for inclusion can help education staff efficiently create new patterns of behavior that are supportive of all types of audience and staff diversity inclusive of age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; education; work and behavioral styles; and the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture. Embracing diversity and inclusion as core values, educators can influence the nature and focus of programs which may then reflect a wider range of ideas and interests.
Join colleagues from the EdCom Steering Committee in this online conversation highlighting efforts by colleagues from the Minnesota Historical Society and National Center for Civil and Human Rights to create and implement strategies for inclusion, including those for increasing intercultural competence of staff, effective relationship building through community engagement, and efforts to diversify staff.
How Will I Benefit?
By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:
- Consider and identify current strategies for inclusion through the lens of the presenting institutions
- Identify key aspects of strategies for inclusion, including the types of resources necessary
- Understand how strategies can be scalable for museums that differ in size, geography, budget, etc.
Who Should Attend
Museum practitioners from all disciplines within the museum field.
- Dina Bailey, CEO, MountainTop Vision; Interim Chair, Museum Education Issues, EdCom
- Chris Taylor, chief inclusion officer, Minnesota Historical Society; National Associate, EdCom
- Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, assistant vice president, education & evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; chair for professional development, EdCom
This program is free for all attendees but pre-registration is required.
You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.
Join the Conversation on Twitter
The dialogue will be held concurrently from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter at #MuseumEdChat, hosted by Claudia Ocello @museumptnrs. The conversation will continue that evening from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET, hosted by Sarah Erdman @cabinetofcurios. All participants from the AAM EdComVersation are encouraged to join and continue the conversation. On Twitter: @AAMers, @AAM_EdCom, #MuseumEdChat, @museumptnrs, @cabinetofcurios
Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.
EdCom hosts EdComVersations every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (PT). These online, talk-show-style discussions cover timely, relevant topics from the museum community and encourage dialogue, networking, and collaborative idea generation.
The American Alliance of Museums Education Professional Network
(EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators and promotes professional standards and excellence in the best and next practice of museum education.