ASTC is excited to welcome its 2016 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows—including nine New Fellows and four Alumni Fellows—to the 2016 ASTC Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who are attending ASTC 2016 to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the chance to hone their leadership skills. You can meet the Fellows at the Express Your Selfie Booth in the ASTC Resource Center in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, September 24, after the opening keynote.
The New Fellows are
- Amaris Alanis Ribeiro, the Chicago Botanic Garden
- Cesar Cueva, the Exploratorium, San Francisco
- Charla Fields, Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Ivel Gontan, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland
- Brenda Lopez, the Thinkery, Austin, Texas
- Daniella Orihuela, Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, Miami
- Resha Parajuli, Exploration Place, Wichita, Kansas
- Laurinda Willard, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California
- Whitney Works, COSI, Columbus, Ohio.
The 2016 Alumni Fellows are
- Faith Dukes, the MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Nicole Duran, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
- Matthew Makofske, Explora, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Joey Rodriguez, the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, Camden, New Jersey.
As we celebrate this new cohort, ASTC invites all past Fellows to be a part of the ASTC Diversity Fellows Legacy Video. Early submissions will be part of a short video shown at ASTC 2016, but final submissions are due November 1. More information is available here.
Also, we invite all conference attendees to use the hashtag #ASTCDiversityEveryWay (along with the main conference hashtag #ASTC2016) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as they tweet or post about equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in the science center and museum field.
Photo by Christine Ruffo