Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions

Marsha l. Semmel with Elizabeth Isele, Samuel Moore, and Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This article originally appeared in Informal Learning Review (ILR) No. 144, May/June 2017. A copyrighted publication of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. Reprinted with permission. My recognition of the power and importance of intergenerational collaboration began with my involvement with Generations United, a Washington-based organization,1 while serving as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Generations United … Read More

Watch Featured Speaker, Haben Girma, from the 2017 Annual Meeting

Joshua MorinAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

Haben Girma holding her braille diplay

We were very fortunate to have Global Inclusion Leader Haben Girma speak at the 2017 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo as one of our Featured Speakers. Watch the video and read the transcript below. [Haben] Good morning. [Audience] Good morning. [Haben] Thank you to Sam for that wonderful introduction. I also want to say thank you to Andrea Streat for welcoming … Read More

Excellence & Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next

Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion1 Comment

Greg Stevens is director for professional development at AAM. (Excerpted in Museum magazine, Jul/Aug 2017) Diversity. Equity. Accessibility. Inclusion. These terms (together, “DEAI”) are central to current, often animated discourse across the field, reflecting a significant time of transition for museums. With the important diversity and inclusion conversations currently taking place, colleagues who were around in the late 1980s and early … Read More

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM

Katherine McNameeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Last fall, I was a guest presenter in an AAM Webinar on unbiased hiring where I shared some blind screening techniques that we have begun incorporating into our hiring practices at AAM. With several recruitment efforts now concluded, my colleagues and I continue to reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned as we experiment with ways to broaden the … Read More

Missouri History Museum Exhibit Highlights St. Louis’ Role in Civil Rights Movement

Local Host CommitteeAlliance Labs, Annual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

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With a theme of Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums, the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting will put special focus on how our institutions can help support, heal and educate our communities. The Missouri History Museum will receive an AAM Award for diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion at this year’s Annual Meeting for its #1 in Civil Rights: … Read More

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion FAQ: AAM’s Annual Meeting Initiatives

Stephanie SzurekAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

At AAM, we’ve been busy working to integrate diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) into all of our practices, procedures, and programs. As you may remember, last year our chief of staff, Brooke Leonard, reported out on how your input influenced some of our early action steps. As the Annual Meeting approaches with the theme Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and … Read More

Meet the #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists

Cecelia WallsAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

We’re excited to introduce our #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists. You may recognize each of them from their ongoing contributions to conversations around race, LGBTQ rights, and gender issues in museums. They’ll be important contributors in engaging discussions around the Annual Meeting theme,  Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums. If you’re coming to St. Louis and you see … Read More

Facilitating ‘Tough’ Conversations: A Case Study from the Evansville Museum

Karen Malone & the Community Relations CommitteeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Karen Malone is the The Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education at the Evansville Museum. You can reach out to her at karen@emuseum.org or follow her on Instagram @TheMuseumKaren. Make sure to ask her about the on-going adventures of the #MuseumShark! Have you ever wished to encourage a place for dialogue in your museum? How about using a format that would … Read More

Our Institutions as Sanctuaries

Eduardo DíazDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion0 Comments

Blooming cherry tree in front of All Souls Unitarian Church (1924, Coolidge & Shattuck) at 16th and Harvard Streets NW. Photo by Mr.TinDC (Flickr) CC BY-ND 2.0

Eduardo Díaz is the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center and a 30-year veteran of arts administration. He is an advisor to the Smithsonian’s Secretary and Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research as well as to Congress and other government agencies on a range of cultural development issues related to Latino communities in the United States and their impact on … Read More