“In a perfect world we would have equity. We could celebrate and recognize that we all have differences, and are diverse, in how we come to the world and move through our spaces…And if I’m coming to come down from the clouds and be less Polly Anna-ish, I would say that the reason it’s on museums is, you know what, we’re really late. We’re late to this work. There was never a Brown v Board for museums. Educators had to be forced into this in 1954. This is 2019. ”
Cecile Shellman is a Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) consultant to museums. Our conversation focused on what museums can do to prioritize their thinking to create equitable environments. We also discussed why equity is the “it” word right now and the difference between equity and equality.
Plus! I add my own thoughts on our conversation after trivia, so be sure to listen all the way to the end!