The business case for culturally competent institutions

Most science centers have made a philosophical commitment to embracing and supporting diverse staff and audiences. However, moving from commitment to implementation requires resources and a long-term commitment to efforts that key decision-makers may not see as directly improving the bottom line. In “The Business Case for Culturally Competent Institutions,” an October 31 session at the ASTC Annual Conference, Laura Huerta Migus of ASTC engaged a panel of science center leaders in a facilitated discussion exploring how each aligned equity and diversity priorities to serve larger organizational needs.

The panelists for the session were Ann Fumarolo of Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, Shreveport; Chevy Humphrey of Arizona Science Center, Phoenix; and Jeff Rudolph of California Science Center, Los Angeles.

Following an introduction to a framework for building the case for cultural competency, panelists shared, reflected upon, and discussed their respective institutions’ journeys in integrating equity and diversity priorities into institutional practices.