Enabling Diversity in Museums: A Roundtable Discussion

  • Saturday, September 23
  • 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Strathcona Room


Dick Averns, Artist/Instructor, Department of Art, University of Calgary
Martina Dawley, Assistant Curator/Professor, American Indian Relations, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona
Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Director & Assistant Professor, Heritage Resources Management, Athabasca University
Erin Salthouse, Museum Professional, University of Washington
Annette Timm, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Calgary.


Michele Hardy, Curator, Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary


  • Community Engagement
Museums are faced with the seemingly impossible task of being all things to all people. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the current focus on engaging communities especially communities who have not always felt welcomed by museums. This roundtable will challenge participants to shift their paradigms and enable greater diversity. Participants will examine several recent projects involving disabled, LGBTQ, Indigenous, and ethnic minority communities, looking for common themes, issues, and effective working strategies.