ASTC's Equity & Diversity Vision
Our commitment to equity and diversity will be reflected in our collective efforts to create a dynamic process to help ASTC members build awareness and skills to meet the needs and realize the promise of their communities, through implementation of practices and policies that:
- Ensure that boards and staff at every level reflect, welcome, celebrate and benefit from a diverse and inclusive environment.
- Result in the development of exhibits, programs, and materials that reflect and engage the diversity within the community.
- Encourage sustainable partnerships with diverse constituents, including visitors, contractors, and supporters.
- Expand and leverage our international membership to enhance cross-cultural competence.
Through these activities, ASTC members will be recognized as truly inclusive and welcoming institutions with staff and policymakers who bring innovative ideas and approaches to fulfilling ASTC's mission.
Full ASTC Diversity Statement
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Equity & Diversity Programs
ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program
Launched in 2001, the Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program is a key component of the ASTC Equity & Diversity Initiative. The program supports professional growth and retention of minority professionals currently working in the field.
Has your museum or science center developed and/or adapted and implemented strategies for becoming a more inclusive institution? ASTC is compiling a bank of promising practices to document model plans, policies, benchmarks, practices, programs, materials, and partnerships that have had a positive effect on members' efforts to create more diverse and inclusive institutions.
Equity & Diversity Resources
Multilingual Interpretation in Science Centers and Museums is a landscape study iimplemented in collaboration with the Exploratorium on multilingual interpretation strategies employed in science centers and museums around the world.
ASTC Equity & Diversity Toolkit is a collection of seven documents that provide resources and research on equitable practices in science centers.
Accessible Practices is a rich collection of articles and other resources addressing the needs and interests of people with disabilities and other underserved groups.
Older Adults in Science Centers is a collection of resources and links to assist museums and science centers better serve and engage the 50+ population. Includes reports from the 2006 conference, "The Longevity Revolution."
"Confronting Demographic Denial: Retaining Relevance in the
by Eric J. Jolly, ASTC Dimensions, January/February 2002
ACM Diversity in Action Initiative is a resource maintained by the Association of Children's Museums
to advance diversity and inclusiveness of children's museums.
Diversity and Museums is a resource maintained by the American Association of Museums
to advance diversity in the museum field.
2009 Directory of United Nations International Observance Days
U.S. Heritage Months, Holidays, and Awareness Days from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.