ASTC Diversity Fellows ride the wave at ASTC 2010

The 11th cohort of ASTC’s Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program began arriving at the ASTC Annual Conference in Honolulu on September 29.  Designed to support people of color in the science center field and to increase the diversity of delegates at the ASTC Annual Conference, the program offers a number of intensive personal and professional development experiences, including a full-day workshop on October 1 facilitated by ASTC staff, alumni Fellows, and members of the ASTC Equity and Diversity Committee. The Fellows experience will continue throughout the conference, with regular lunchtime meetings to discuss conference experiences and brainstorm session ideas for future ASTC conferences.

There are a number of opportunities for conference attendees to support the Fellowship program. Attendees can stop by the ASTC Resource Center in the Exhibit Hall to watch In Their Own Voices, a video chronicling the impact of the Fellows experience, and to pick up an “Equity & Diversity Advocate” badge ribbon. Also, they can meet other advocates at the Advocates for Diversity Networking Reception on the evening of October 3.

Perhaps the best (and most fun) way to support the program is by attending the “Dive In! Poolside Opening Reception” on October 1, in the pool area of the Paoakalani Tower at the Marriott. Attendees can meet up with friends old and new while enjoying food and music. All proceeds from this event directly support future ASTC Fellows. Tickets for the party will be available at registration and at the door ($35).