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Welcome to Hartford

 After months of preparation and anticipation, more than 1,500 attendees have flown, driven, or taken a train to Hartford, Connecticut, for the 2018 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the Connecticut Science Center. A stirring keynote on Saturday morning by renowned science journalist Ed Yong, the disco-fantastic Saturday Night Party at the science center, the Alan... Read More

ASTC Staff’s Commitment to Embrace and Prioritize Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Equity

During this period of strategic change for our membership association, ASTC has prioritized expanding the scope and impact of our shared diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity efforts. All members of our staff and board are active in this process, and the following is an update on our journey. I invite you to follow along through... Read More

Announcing a Collaborative Project Management Opportunity

Leading complex, diverse, multi-organizational teams working to broaden participation in STEM is a challenging mission with potentially life-changing outcomes. Having a plan doesn’t mean a project will be successful. Individuals and organizations are diverse in their experience, cultural perspectives, personal motivations, and priorities. Properly understood and leveraged, they can be the key to a career-building... Read More

Access Isn’t Enough

By the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education’s Broadening Participation Task Force From Dimensions September/October 2018 There is widespread agreement about the urgent need to broaden the diversity of people who participate in, contribute to, and benefit from science, technology, engineering, and math—the disciplines collectively known as STEM. Nondominant populations in the United... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2018—Broadening Participation

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2018 The articles in this issue feature organizations and individuals who have worked to broaden participation in some way. Broadening participation is widely regarded as a worthy goal in our industry, but to what end? Why does broader participation matter? It matters because we need the best innovators, nurses, and engineers.... Read More

A Place at the Table

By Cristin Dorgelo The theme of this issue is “Broadening Participation.” What we at ASTC mean when we talk about broadening participation is our commitment to increasing diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of our work—paramount values in our increasingly connected global society. Our field has made strides in offering inclusive opportunities in... Read More

2018 CEO Forum at the ASTC Annual Conference

The CEO forum is designed for chief executives of science centers, museums, and institutions. Preregistration is required. Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford, Connecticut Join your peers in the 2018 CEO Forum, which focuses on concrete tools that help science centers put their community needs and aspirations at the forefront of their... Read More

ASTC’s Statement on the Loss of Brazil’s National Museum to Fire

Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) released the following statement regarding the loss of Brazil’s National Museum to a devastating fire. The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is filled with sorrow on the devastating loss of the National Museum of Brazil (Museu Nacional) in Rio de Janeiro during a fire... Read More