“The time is always right to do what is right.” —Dr. Martin Luther King
Are you a museum professional who wants to diversify your staff and museum offerings?
Are your museum stakeholders and staff members committed to being more inclusive and accepting of internal and external communities or individuals?
Is your museum in the initial stages of creating a diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion plan?
Are you frustrated you aren’t moving fast enough and want help to jump-start your efforts?
I’ll call out or link to interesting activities that foster thought on DEAI subjects. Stay tuned.
"I was lucky enough to participate in one of Cecile Shellman's workshops via a diversity task force assembled by my company in February of 2020. In terms of the depth of content on offer and skillfulness of its presentation, Cecile's workshop outdid any I had experienced before in the workplace, graduate school, or at professional conferences. Cecile embodied the best qualities of both an authoritative expert on the subject matter of the workshop participants' many, and varied, perspectives. Conversations and learning around diversity topics can often be difficult, sometimes enervating, but Cecile's workshop, by contrast, left our group feeling impassioned, empowered, and enthusiastically engaged in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our own lives and workplace. She also brings a huge wealth of personal knowledge and experience to bear in her professional practice--I simply cannot recommend her highly enough!
--Workshop participant, Charlotte, North Carolina
"Cecile demonstrates her dedication to improving our field by working to identify and remove barriers to museum careers and visitor participation. Cecile's communication is clear, concise, and respectful, which results in more open dialogue between parties. She doesn't shy away from hard conversations, topics, or situations; rather, she approaches them with empathy and intentionality."
--Lorie Millward, Vice President of Design and Programming, Thanksgiving Point, Utah
Daily examples of best practice when working to implement DEAI can be found here. Most of these examples will be anonymized or even conjectural, but exemplary museums who are featured will get a shout-out!
Do you have questions? I do, too--but I also have answers. Here I'll display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.
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