Webinar—Applying for the Cultural Competence Learning Institute

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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 learn about the CCLI model, find out how it is benefiting organizations that have participated, and get the inside scoop on crafting an application for the future.




Webinar Audience: This webinar is designed for science center, museum, and cultural institution professionals from all career levels, particularly those seeking to plan and implement institutional advancement in diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion.

Webinar Presenter:  Jenni Martin, Director of Education & Programs, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Webinar Fee: Free


It’s been a really eye-opening experience for us and all of our team members. It’s brought our museum’s staff closer . . . it’s really opened dialogue.—CCLI Participant


About Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence is a process of lifelong learning. It results in knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that

  • allow individuals to work effectively with others from different cultural backgrounds
  • increase the ability of organizations to maximize the benefits of diversity within their workforces
  • improve the services museums offer to various stakeholders.


About the Cultural Competence Learning Institute

CCLI helps museums increase their organizational capacity around diversity and inclusion. Developed by a collaborative group of museum leaders with expertise in issues of equity and diversity, CCLI builds institutional capacity to maximize the benefits of diversity within the workforce, improve services offered, and cultivate an inclusive environment. It is a national partnership of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, ASTC, the Association of Children’s Museums, and Garibay Group.

A yearlong professional development institute for museum teams, CCLI Includes:

  • Strategic initiative and coaching
  • Comprehensive staff survey
  • 1.5 day in-person workshop
  • Monthly webinars, resources and tools
  • Peer networking with other museums
  • Specialized support for CEO/executive-level team members

CCLI is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


About Participating in the Cultural Competence Learning Institute

Cohort 6 Timeline

Now: Application may be submitted at any time (click here to preview the short application and for submission instructions)
November 19, 2018: Application Due
December 17, 2018: Selection and Notification
January 2019: Comprehensive Staff Survey
February 2019: 1.5 Day In-Person Workshop
March 2019–February 2020: Monthly Webinars and Implementation of Your Initiative


Organizations with annual operating budgets of $5 million and up: $5,000
Organizations with annual operating budgets of $3 million up to $5 million: $3,500
Organizations with annual operating budgets under $3 million: $2,000
*Rates are subsidized by a National Leadership Grant and may not be available in future years.


Participating CCLI institutions have

  • enacted new ways of talking about and framing diversity and cultural competency
  • involved a greater number and breadth of stakeholders in diversity work
  • adopted clearer and more focused strategies to advance inclusion work.


Through CCLI, our team has met colleagues throughout the country who are all trying to work from their strengths and past experiences to build diversity, inclusion, and cultural capacity.—CCLI Participant


CCLI Participant Organizations

Cohort 1

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, San Jose, California
Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, New York
Sci-Port Discovery Center, Shreveport, Louisiana

Cohort 2

Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina
Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena, California
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, Ashland, Oregon

Cohort 3

Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Detroit Zoo, Detroit, Michigan
Explora, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, Wisconsin

Cohort 4

Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings, South Dakota
Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, Colorado
Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett, Washington
The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, New York

Cohort 5

Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver, Colorado
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pitsburgh, Pennsylvania
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon