Human Rights Informed Inclusion Policy and Practice

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
225 America's Center
Description
An inclusive museum community has bedeviled practice for more than 150 years. Each generation has uncovered new forms of bias or exclusion that challenge the legitimacy of museums working toward a social good. This session considers research from emerging human rights and conflict transformation theory to develop new perspectives on museum practice and policy. Explore policies, training, and practices that might be able to proactively consider administrative strategies that feed a culturally responsive paradigm that can help a museum continue to evolve alongside their publics.
Learner Outcome
  1. Gain a more nuanced understanding of how to act in ways that support the principles of the AAM policy on diversity and inclusion through operations process.
  2. Increased your understanding of foundational human rights theory that helps interpret the policy as a practice.
  3. Understand how museum leaders can implement strategies for ensuring the principles of the policy are operationalized throughout operations as well as the museum's service populations.
Speakers
Presenter: 
John Fraser
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
President & CEO
Organization: 
New Knowledge Organization
Bio
As editor of Curator, The Museum Journal, Dr. Fraser is an experienced moderator exploring how museum practice is evolving in the face of xenophobia and exclusion. He leads the NewKnowledge think tank that led the AAM Salary Review in 2014 and 2016 where data demonstrates lack of representation in senior staff positions at museums and salary disparities where women are paid significantly less than men in similar leadership positions and significantly less than women compared to men in the general workforce.
Presenter: 
Rebecca Norlander
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Researcher
Organization: 
New Knowledge Organization
Presenter: 
Robert Davis
Role: 
Presenter
Bio
Robert Davis, DVM. Is President & CEO of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and Dubuque County Historical Society, a unique combination that bridges museum types. Davis has demonstrated strong leadership performance with a variety of zoological organizations, including leadership roles with both the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). He has been highly involved within his communities, taking on leadership roles in diversity efforts in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He is a well known fundraiser with skills in leadership development.
Presenter: 
Sonnet Takahisa
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Deputy Director of Engagement & Innovation
Organization: 
The Newark Museum
Bio
For many years, Takahisa has been a consultant to museums, cultural institutions and schools, focusing on public engagement, community building and education reform. She has served on national and local task forces for museums, arts, pre-K through higher education, government funding agencies and foundations. She was instrumental in initiating programs at Boston Children's Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. From 1993 - 2003 she was the founding co-director of The NYC Museum School, a groundbreaking public school that used the "Museum Learning" model to engage middle and high school students by providing direct access to the resources of New York City cultural institutions.
Presenter: 
Tonya Matthews
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President and CEO
Organization: 
Michigan Science Center
Bio
Tonya Matthews Ph.D. is a thought-leader in museum engagement and open-classroom, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Matthews serves as the Michigan Science Center's chief executive officer and president. Her diverse background includes academic and professional work as a Ph.D. scientist, educator, community volunteer and award winning writer/poet. Prior to her current position, Dr. Matthews served as the vice president of museums for Cincinnati Museum Center, directing the education, research and community engagement footprints of a multi-site museum and research institution.