Enacting Equity and Inclusion: Allyship as Lived Practice

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
232 America's Center
Description
Engaging in diversity and inclusion as a conscious practice requires one to be brave-to recognize one's privilege, understand how systems of oppression operate in museums, and take responsibility for changing those systems. Such intentional work is necessary if museums are to maintain their relevance and to leverage their power to address social inequality in their communities. Learn guiding principles of how to be an ally, tools for individual reflection and collective dialogue, and intentional practices to effect institutional change.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn to apply the guiding principles of how to be an ally to your work through concrete actions.
  2. Learn to reflect on privilege and power as individuals and as museums, and to create opportunities for collective dialogue.
  3. Learn to work internally with colleagues and externally with communities to address social issues in a genuine and intentional way.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Alyssa Greenberg
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Art History
Organization: 
University of Illinois at Chicago
Bio
Alyssa Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a recipient of the University Fellowship and the Dean's Scholar Award. Her research interests include museum pedagogy and the museum as a site of activism. She currently serves on the leadership committee for Chicago Emerging Museum Professionals and is a founding member of Museum Workers Speak.
Presenter: 
Keonna Hendrick
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
Museum of Modern Art
Bio
Keonna Hendrick is a cultural strategist, educator and author who promotes critical thinking, self-actualization, and cultural equity. Keonna currently manages ArtsConnection's Teen Reviewers and Critics Program. She is the co-creator of multicultural critical reflective practice, a professional development model she shares in museums and classrooms nationally, including Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Presenter: 
Syrus Ware
Role: 
Presenter
Bio
Syrus Marcus Ware is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He is a visual artist, community activist, researcher, educator, and Program Coordinator, Youth Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He co-edited the Journal of Museum Education 2009 issue, Building Diversity in Museums". He holds degrees in Art History, Visual Studies and a Masters in Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto."
Presenter: 
Wendy Ng
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Manager, Learning
Organization: 
Royal Ontario Museum
Bio
Wendy Ng is Manager, Learning at the Royal Ontario Museum. For fifteen years, diversity, equity, and inclusion have been a conscious practice in her work with students and teachers at the Art Gallery of Ontario, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Science Museum. She holds a BFA and BEd from York University, a MAT in Museum Education from George Washington University, and is certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.