Organizational Change, Equity, and Inclusion Work in Informal Science and Technology Centers: Building Capacity for Change

Friday, September 28, 2018: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Meeting Room 12 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President, STEM Equity & Education, Science Museum of Minnesota
Cecilia Garibay, Principal, Garibay Group and Ellen O’Connor, Director of Public Operations and Visitor Services, Science Museum of Minnesota

Informal science institutions (ISIs) are embedded in communities where engagement is burdened by social inequities and lack of inclusion. This ASTC Intensive aims to build the capacity of participants to address one of the foremost challenges of ISIs: matching our missions, changing our structures, and educating our staff to embrace the urgency of equity work. Presenters and participants will collaboratively explore the complexity of equity and inclusion work in ISI settings. Presenters will provide examples of, and practice in, field-specific, practitioner-focused actions, e.g., a training protocol for visitor-facing staff, and frameworks, e.g., appreciative inquiry, for organizational change.
Preregistration required. Limited to 30 participants.  Fee: $150 per person (includes breakfast and lunch)