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Diversity Access Equity and Inclusion

Your Guide to Creating a Competitive Diversity Fellows Application

So you want to be a 2019 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow? You’ve talked with your supervisor, considered your professional goals, built a passion for making change in the science center field, and you are now ready to apply to the 2019 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program. Below are some tips and advice... Read More

Getting Ready for LGBTSTEM Day

This coming July 5 is LGBTSTEM Day, an international day celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Science centers and museums that would like to plan events for the day, work with LGBTQIA organizations in their communities, or introduce inclusive practices in their institutions... Read More

Webinar—Applying for the Cultural Competence Learning Institute

Click here to watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.     Applications for participating in the next cohort of the Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI) were due on Monday, November 19. If you are interested in learning more about the CCLI experience and institutional benefits, please watch this recorded webinar. You’ll... Read More

General Plenary Session Keynote with Kumar Garg

During the General Plenary Session at the 2018 ASTC Annual Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Kumar Garg, Senior Director for Technology and Society at Schmidt Futures, explored what happens at the intersection of education, technology, and equity. Garg’s current portfolio includes four core areas of work: promoting the positive digital transformation of society by investing in... Read More

2018 Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues Luncheon

These annual, thought-provoking discussions are presented in the spirit of the founding director of the New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York. Explore ways that we can better understand ourselves—and the communities and people we serve—through the lenses of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, and public health. What can we learn from these fields about broadening... Read More

Meet the 2018 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC is excited to welcome the 2018 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows to this year’s conference in Hartford, Connecticut. They are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who are attending ASTC 2018 to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the chance to hone their leadership skills. Following in-depth workshops Thursday and Friday, they are looking... 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

ASTC Staff Begin a Journey with Cultural Competency Conversations

By Gwen Crider In January 2017, ASTC launched Cultural Competency Conversations (C3), a journey through which ASTC staff could increase their understanding of cultural differences and grow their cultural competency skills. While some structured learning sessions were included along the way, the team wanted to learn directly from those with different lived experiences. Instead of... Read More