Measuring Change: Demographic Data for Equity and Inclusion

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
275 America's Center
Description
As the US population changes, museum boards, funders, and other stakeholders are working to develop diverse workforces and gain insight into their audiences and communities. This session will acquaint participants with new approaches to demographic data collection for understanding who serves in and is served by museums and other cultural institutions. DataArts will share methodologies and findings from recent demographics pilots in Minnesota, Los Angeles County, and Houston. Representatives from the Walker Art Center, which was a workforce demographics pilot organization, will discuss how they are using demographic data internally and collaborating with nine other artsl organizations across the Twin Cities to develop the requisite intercultural competencies and a collective action plan to diversify their community's cultural workforce and programming.
Learner Outcome
  1. Knowledge that any Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) effort must start with fact-based (rather than presumptime) demographic data
  2. Familiarity with new approaches to demographic data collection that are sensitive and confidential to address the complexity and nuance of personal identity.
  3. Understanding that to sustain DEI initiatives organizations must build staff cultural competencies and should consider an integrated approach to staff development, recruitment, and strategic planning.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Beth Tuttle
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
President and CEO
Organization: 
Cultural Data Project
Bio
Beth Tuttle is President of DataArts and co-author of Magnetic: The Art & Science of Engagement. Beth founded METStrategies, a consulting firm for cultural and philanthropic missions; and held leadership positions with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Newseum. A graduate of Brown University, she is a national advisor for the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University and is a member of The Museum Group.
Presenter: 
Nisa Mackie
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director and Curator, Education and Public Programs
Organization: 
Walker Art Center
Bio
Nisa Mackie is director and curator of Education and Public Programs at the Walker Art Center. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Mackie came to the Walker after managing education and public programs at the Biennale of Sydney, where she organized discursive programs, performances, innovative learning initiatives, and large-scale artist projects and residencies. Prior to this she managed education, public, and community cultural development programs at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre a multi-disciplinary arts facility located on Tharawal country, within the City of Liverpool, New South Wales.
Presenter: 
Rebecca Johnson
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
Cultural Data Project
Bio
Rebecca Johnson is the Research Associate at DataArts. Becca analyzes and interprets arts and cultural data for users, funders, and the general public. Over the past two years, she has managed the daily operations of several DataArts' Workforce Demographics surveys, as well as developed methodologies for data analysis. Prior to joining, Rebecca worked with a small consulting firm, using survey data to improve customer and employee experiences.
Presenter: 
Richele Donat
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director, Human Resources
Organization: 
Walker Art Center
Bio
Rishi Donat is an innovative Human Resources Leader with more than 20 years of extensive experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. As the Director of Human Resources at Walker Art Center she works with staff across the institution to create meaningful work experiences that result in a positive, productive, engaged and inclusive work environment. Prior to joining the Walker in 2013, Rishi spent more than 10 years with home furnishings retailer Room & Board where she created and brought to life strategies and programs that supported this progressive, flexible organization. She holds certifications for SPHR, EQi and IDI. She is also an active member of the National Mah Jongg League.