The Internal Work of Diversity and Inclusion
Wednesday, May 10, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Diversity is a noun, Inclusion is a verb, meaning that inclusion must become a way museums work. Museums must move away from best practices to evolve to next practices. This panel will provide insights from inclusion champions and their intentional efforts to create more inclusive practices within their museums and the field as a whole.

Topics covered include organization develop, systems change, strategic planning, inclusive workplace (physical and culture)


Mike Lesperance is a Principal at The Design Minds, Inc., responsible for interpretive planning and content development. He serves as Chairman of the American Alliance of Museum’s LGBTQ Alliance. With over 20 years of experience in the field, he is an NAI Certified Interpretive Planner and teaches exhibit planning and design at Georgetown University. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BSFS) and the University of Virginia (MA, History).

He co-presented a workshop on “Exhibition Label Writing and Audience Engagement” as part of the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting. Recent publications include the AAM LGBTQ Alliance “Welcoming Guidelines” and articles on engaging diverse audiences in museums in the revised edition of “Museums in Motion” and “Museums and Social Issues.”