Getting Started on Your Museum’s Diversity Plan

Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
$221.00  America's Center
Every museum team needs to mindfully consider how to address diversity and inclusion. Common challenges include coming to a shared understanding of the terms, phrases, and approaches that reflect the institution's concerns; identifying the institution's goals; creating buy-in; and actualizing the plan in a thoughtful, strategic manner. Using real-world examples and employing the principles of AAM's newly published LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines-among other documents and benchmarks-presenters will engage with participants in frank discussion, exploring basic best and next practices in a practical, replicable way.
Learner Outcome
  1. Define basic terms of diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in multiple ways.
  2. Identify common barriers to embracing diversity and inclusion as an approach (rather than just a program) in institutions.
  3. Examine various strategies and key examples of successful diversity statements and plans.
Barbara Cohen-Stratyner
Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Ph. D. is the Curator of Exhibitions, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She is a founding member of DivCom and serves on the Steering Committees of the LGBTQ Alliance and the museum Access Consortium.
M. Cecile Shellman
Diversity Catalyst
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Cecile Shellman is Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh's Diversity Catalyst. She engages and supports Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum in a system-wide diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility initiative. She is a co-chair of the DivCom Professional Network.