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Facing Change: Insights from AAM’s DEAI Working Group

Facing Change Report Cover: A man looks into they eyes of a woman facing him with the text, "Facing Change" between them

In spring 2017, following its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) convened the Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Twenty museum professionals, representing a variety of disciplines, organizational sizes and types, and perspectives, came together monthly at the Alliance’s offices in Arlington, Virginia, and once at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. For six months, this group examined the characteristics of effective museum inclusion practices and considered what steps the field could take to promote DEAI.

Download the report now to gain insights from the working group’s conversations about big-picture ideas and specific examples from their collective experiences.

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