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Advancing Equity and Inclusion

April 15, 2021
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Museums are being called upon to advance equity and inclusion, fueled by the movement for racial justice. This summit will explore the ways that museums are addressing systemic racism and dismantling historic barriers in order to inclusively represent and serve their communities. 


12:00PM: Welcome & Opening Remarks
Spotlight Speaker: Dina Bailey, CEO, Mountain Top Vision
Finding Your Spark, Making Your Ripple: What It Means to Commit to the Journey

12:30PM: Advancing Equity & Inclusion Panel Discussion

Museums & Race Report Card 
Reimagining the Future of Museums Museums & Race will reflect on this year’s events and their impact on California Museums to identify excellence, tackle issues honestly and compassionately, and provide a tool for organizational self-assessment supporting antiracism, equity, and inclusion. Participants will reflect on their organization's impacts, identify and respond to issues of race and equity.
Presenters: Cris Scorza, Senior Director of Education and Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Moderator); Janeen Bryant, Founder & Principal, Facilitate Movement; Karlisa Callwood, Director, Community Conservation Education & Action, Perry Institute for Marine Science

1:15PM: Networking Breakout Session

1:30PM: Break

1:45PM: Advancing Equity & Inclusion Panel Discussion

A Bright IDEA in Balboa Park 
In 2019, various organizations in Balboa Park formed the Parkwide IDEA Working Group. This collaborative model developed collectively led to securing funding for internal evaluations within each organization and creating impactful conversations and change. Presenters will share lessons learned and how they prioritize equity and inclusion despite a global pandemic.
Presenters: Ashanti Davis, Exhibition Manager, Fleet Science Center; Shannon Foley, Manager of Education, Mingei International Museum; Tina Zarpour, PhD, Vice President of Education and Collections, San Diego History Center; Chena Popper, Executive Assistant, San Diego Natural History Museum

2:30PM: Networking Breakout Session

2:45PM: Break

3:00PM: Equity & Equality Case Studies
Introduction: Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts
Defining Equity vs. Equality

You’ve Got Mail: How Mingei International Museum reimagined how to serve its most vulnerable communities
COVID-19 has necessitated a major shift in hands-on creativity: at-home programs that combine mailed/delivered art materials, tutorials, and evaluation. Mingei International Museum received a $227,000 IMLS CARES Act Grant in support of these programs. Staff will share how they pivoted, the value of community partners, and necessary logistics.
Presenter: Shannon Foley, Manager of Education, Mingei International Museum

Access for All: Providing Equitable Hands-on Learning Experiences in a Digital World Description
Equitable access to early childhood education and learning through play are driving forces behind program development at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. During the pandemic, our team has pivoted to deliver on these tenets through new digital programming and partnerships to serve young learners and help bridge the digital divide. 
Presenter: Whitney Raser, Director of Education, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Diversity Apprenticeship Program Toolbox: A Model to Create, Foster, and Support a Truly Diverse Workforce
The Diversity Apprenticeship Program (DAP) is an innovative art handling initiative to provide work and career opportunities for BIPOC underrepresented on museum staff. In the DAP Toolbox, we share lessons learned on centering equity in program design and philosophy, recruitment and hiring, and evaluation.
Presenter: George Luna-Peña, Program Manager, Diversity Apprenticeship Program, The Broad

Accessing Advisory: Keeping an Advisory Council on Accessibility Active and Committed
Advisory councils are critical to strengthening accessibility work within museums. Without specific knowledge, we might not properly address the needs of people with various disabilities. In this session we will discuss strategies to keep an advisory council on accessibility active, engaged, and contributing to the organization's long term success. The work of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and others will serve as examples of how to develop, strengthen, and sustain these councils.
Presenter: Lisa Eriksen, Accessibility Coordinator, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

4:00PM: Closing Remarks

4:15PM: Break

4:30PM: Refresh & Reflect Happy Hours
End your day on a high note! Join your fellow museum professionals for informal, topical happy hours to discuss issues relevant to all of us.

EMP Happy Hour
Hosts: Carolyn Lopez, Assistant Curator & Registrar, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Azha Simmons, President, Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals
Join Carolyn and Azha in an EMP-to-EMP space for an open discussion of issues uniquely facing emerging professionals.

Equity & Equality Happy Hour
Host: Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts
Join Joaquin and the case study presenters for an informal chat and the opportunity to ask further questions of the presenters.

Learn more about the presenters for this summit.

*Program schedule subject to change. A final schedule will be emailed to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the summit.  

The CAM member registration fee is $25 for each summit, and the non-member registration fee is $30 for each summit. Learn more about CAM membership – starting at just $15!

Live captioning will be provided for all the main presentations on the Stage If you would like captioning services for the interactive sessions (network breakout discussions and happy hour), please contact Lacey at

CAM is committed to providing respectful program experiences that are safe, inclusive, and free of harassment. A Code of Conduct sets expectations for all CAM program participants, provides steps to report incidents, and lists possible consequences for would-be violators. CAM does not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form.

     A special thanks to our CAM 2021 Virtual Summit Sponsors! 
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*Preliminary program subject to change*

Please contact Lacey Lieberthal with questions: / 831-471-9970 ext.101