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New CCLI cohort wraps up kickoff meeting

Last week, the seventh cohort of CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) met in Washington, DC, to kick off their efforts toward advancing cultural competency at their institutions. The six museums selected for the competitive program are:

  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Michigan
  • International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas*
  • Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa
  • Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond*
  • Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Reno*

CCLI helps participating museums activate their efforts around diversity and inclusion. A partnership between ASTC, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the Garibay Group, and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, CCLI was developed with and serves museums of all types and sizes. The year-long professional development institute brings together teams at museums across the U.S., including senior leadership, for strategic initiative development, coaching, staff survey, monthly webinars, peer networking, and a variety of resources and tools.

During the two-day workshop, each museum teams reviewed results from comprehensive staff surveys, met and worked with their coach, continued developing their strategic initiatives for the year, and participated in cross-team activities to start off their year together. Congratulations to the new cohort!

Throughout the year, the six museum teams will come together for virtual meetings each month to discuss their efforts toward organizational change and work with their coaches and other mentors as they develop and implement their strategic initiatives.

In April, CCLI will launch its first ever regional cohort, CCLI: Bay Area.

Visit the CCLI website to learn more about the program.

*ASTC member institution

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