Skip to content

The Leadership Imperative: A Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Primer for Museum Boards

Category: Board Diversity
teal slide with headshots of Laura Lott and Andrew Plumley accompanied by the AAM logo and text: The Leadership Imperative: A Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Primer for Museum Boards

Support Free DEAI Resources:
AAM provides all of our DEAI resources for free to AAM members. In these challenging times, we ask that if you can, consider supporting this work by making a donation to AAM. Thank you for your much-needed support.

The current pandemic has exposed and exacerbated many inequities across society that were previously not as visible to many of us. There are a growing number of conversations taking place across the country regarding diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI), as well as racial justice. The museum field is no exception.

Over several decades, museum leaders have lamented the lack of diversity in their museums. Myriad outreach programs, including those aimed at building pipelines of diverse museum professionals and pathways to draw in different perspectives, have tried and largely failed to truly embed DEAI in all aspects of museums’ structure and programming. It continues to be a struggle for most to diversify who visits, who works in and leads, and who governs museums.

AAM President and CEO Laura Lott and AAM’s Director of Inclusion Andrew Plumley host a primer webinar presentation and Q&A exploring these topics further:

  • Research making the case for DEAI as a strategic leadership imperative
  • Defining excellence in DEAI in museums
  • The role of museum boards in DEAI
  • Resources for museum boards to get started at the board and organizational level

 

Resources cited in this webinar:

4:29-Museums as Economic Engines

5:00-AAM Strategic Plan

10:27-DEAI Group Agreements

17:00-Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture

19:54-Museums most Trusted

22:08- Learn More about the Excellence in DEAI Task Force

23:45-Business Case for Diversity

24:32-Leading with Intent- National Report on Museum Board Leadership

25:13-CCLI National Landscape Study: The State of DEAI Practice in Museums

26:12-The Role of Race on Board Recruitment

28:40-Board Member Recruiting and Onboarding Guide

30:51-NonProfit Diversity Efforts

32:37- DEAI Committee Charter

38:12-What Should your DEAI Statement Include?

38:55- Facing Change Report

42:14-Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field & Trustee Resource Center

Download the transcript.

AAM Member-Only Content

AAM Members get exclusive access to premium digital content including:

  • Featured articles from Museum magazine
  • Access to more than 1,500 resource listings from the Resource Center
  • Tools, reports, and templates for equipping your work in museums
Log In

We're Sorry

Your current membership level does not allow you to access this content.

Upgrade Your Membership

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to Field Notes!

Packed with stories and insights for museum people, Field Notes is delivered to your inbox every Monday. Once you've completed the form below, confirm your subscription in the email sent to you.

If you are a current AAM member, please sign-up using the email address associated with your account.

Are you a museum professional?

Are you a current AAM member?

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription, and please add communications@aam-us.org to your safe sender list.