Diversity & Inclusion Resources

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WMA approaches Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) as a process that must be committed to and regularly reaffirmed. Rather than diversity being a box to be checked, we view D&I as the constant examining and questioning of the makeup of our group to ensure that multiple perspectives are represented, and that there is a sense of inclusion amongst members, staff, and board.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement – Western Museums Association (WMA)

Here, we offer support through the sharing of trusted, valuable, and educational resources to help museums address and reaffirm their commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI), and to develop concrete action plans for moving forward.

PAGE INDEX

DEAI + The Role of Museums • Activate + Maintain DEAI Within Your Institution

How to Talk About Race + Racial Identity • Sample Diversity + Inclusion Statements

Readiness Assessments • How to Measure Your Museum's Social Impact

Webinars  DEAI Reading Material • Actionable Resources 

 

DEAI + THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS

 

ACTIVATE + MAINTAIN DEAI WITHIN YOUR INSTITUTION

Now, more than ever, we – museum professionals, leaders, and educators – must move beyond simple statements and words, and commit to REAL, progressive, actionable change within our own institutions and the greater museum field.

 

HOW TO TALK ABOUT RACE + RACIAL IDENTITY

Museum leaders, directors, and managers – these resources can help you create and sustain productive dialogue about race within your workplace.

 

SAMPLE DIVERSITY + INCLUSION STATEMENTS

Diversity and Inclusion Statements provide the theoretical grounding for change. Here, you'll find resources on how to write the perfect statement, along with a few examples from within and outside the museum industry.

 

READINESS ASSESSMENTS

The following assessments are designed to help you, your staff, and board determine where your institution stands now with respect to your journey towards a more just future.

 

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR MUSEUM'S SOCIAL IMPACT

 

DEAI Reading Material

 

WEBINARS ON DEAI

Digital Accessibility & Inclusion – Intro Session: Get Inspired – Museum Learning Hub

Technical Workshop 1: Intro to Digital Accessibility and Inclusion – Museum Learning Hub

Technical Workshop 2: Live/Streamed Program Accessibility – Museum Learning Hub

Technical Workshop 3: Accessibility in Digital Collections – Museum Learning Hub

Publishing: Incorporating DEIA Principles – AAMC Foundation

Striving Towards an Equitable Future: Addressing Systemic Injustice as a Cultural Organization – Cuseum

Moving Forward with NAGPRA virtual workshop – Oregon Museums Association

Museums Cannot Be Silent: Whitney Plantation – SEMC

Lunch & Learn: How XR Experiences in Museums Can Support DEAI – CAM

Inclusivity in Isolation – AAAMC Foundation + Association of African American Museums

What's on your mind? DEAI and Creating Real Change – MAAM

Whose Hero? New Perspectives on Monuments in Public Landscapes – ICSC 

Diversity & Community Support in Membership & Visitor Services – Cuseum

 

ACTIONABLE RESOURCES

Many organizations are fighting systemic racism in the United States and elevating the important work being done by POC. We encourage you to learn about these organizations and support their missions in any way that you can.

 

Do you have diversity & inclusion resources you'd like to add?

Please share with us at communications@westmuse.org.

These resources are subject to change and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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