Human Resources

Staff Diversity

Best Practices in Equitable Hiring

AAM provides some useful tips and links to additional resources to help organizations develop equitable hiring practices.

Color Blind or Color Brave?

In this 2014 TEDTalk, finance executive Mellody Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology provides a set of tools to help people understand what prejudice is and how to overcome it.

Diversity in the Museum Workplace

This issue of Museum magazine explores staff diversity. (PDF, 68 pages)

Diversity is the Bare Minimum: What Does Inclusive Representation Look Like in Practice?

MuseumExpert shares a recording of their diversity webinar. Hiring a more diverse staff means nothing if they don’t have a voice in shaping the culture of the museum field.

Empathetic Museum Maturity Model

The Empathetic Museum shares an assessment tool and associated resources to help organizations look within, and move towards a more empathetic future.

For the Benefit of All: The CMA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

The Cleveland Museum of Art shares its plan for becoming a global leader amongst museums through implementing strategic initiatives around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Guidance for Reporting and Writing About Racism

Guidance for Reporting and Writing about Racism shares five considerations from the perspective of journalism that can be adapted for museum professionals when conducting research, writing, and publishing content for or about museum exhibitions and programs. These considerations include: mitigating personal bias, identifying the story, building trust in the community, writing in an active v. passive voice, and using the word ‘racist.’

How to Value Multi-Cultural and Diverse Organizations

The Free Management Library has a section on valuing diversity. It includes self-assessments, team building exercises, and resources on teaching tolerance, building trust, and managing conflict.

How to Create a DEI Committee So More Voices Can Be Heard

Many organizations are seeking ways to realize DEAI goals in their workplace. DEAI committees can help develop strategic approaches to making museums more accessible, equitable, and inclusive. This guide from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism covers some of the reasons why these types of committees are becoming more common, how to create a good DEAI committee structure and more.

Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion, and Collusion

In this 2013 TEDx talk, CEO of Human Facets, Dr. Helen Turnbull discusses how all companies should incorporate global inclusion into their work.

Intersectionality Toolkit

A practical guide for both individual activists and organizations to learn more about Intersectionality and its principles, and to provide a selection of activities to explore practice around inclusiveness.

The Labor of Diversity

In this January/February 2016 article from Museum Magazine, Nicole Ivy shares thoughts on how to think about diversity and hiring bias.

The Museum Sacrifice Measure

In this January/February 2016 Museum magazine segment, Elizabeth Merritt, vice president for strategic foresight and founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, shares a series of essays that first appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums Blog discussing the sacrifice many make to work in and for museums.

Now Hiring! But who will museum leaders hire?

This recorded webinar from MuseumExpert discusses the many new challenges museums face in finding, keeping, and developing staff in a “new normal” that is rife with uncertainty post-COVID-19. This webinar features leaders from a variety of museums addressing these challenges and sharing their insight into the present and future state of museum staffing.

Project Include

Based within the technology industry, Project Include can be applied to any sector. This comprehensive digital guide offers advice for implementing diversity and inclusion solutions.

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

The Annie E. Casey Foundation shares this downloadable Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide.

Resources for the Museum Industry to Discuss the Issue of Unpaid Internships

The Alliance provides a list of resources museums can use to help determine if unpaid internships are equitable.

The Subconscious Advantage of Whiteness in Hiring

Leniece F. Brissett, founder of, has seen firsthand how whiteness is advantaged, often subconsciously, in recruitment, selection and hiring processes.

Welcoming Guidelines for Museums

The LGBTQ Alliance (an Alliance Professional Network) shares guidelines to consider when assessing how to provide the LGBTQ community, staff, visitors, management, and allies from all fields with a welcoming experience. (PDF, 64 pages)

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