****may 24, 2021. The workshop is now full. Check back in fall 2021 for addItional sessions****

image of two museum visitors, a young African American male and a young white female (both wearing masks) each looking at piece of art on a museum gallery wall.

Is your institution looking for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training? Consider sending one or multiple staff to this program to work through the material with a cohort from other southeast museums. Museums can register up to 15 staff members from one institution for these experiences.

Join a community of practice. Gain foundational knowledge on creating more equitable work environments.

Workshop Series: Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Museums

Trainers: Keonna Hendrick & Dr. Marit Dewhurst

Goal : Ms. Hendrick and Dr. Dewhurst will work with staff of registered Museums to support community-building efforts as well as design and discuss implementation of strategies to nurture anti-racism, inclusivity, and equity in daily museum practices.

Program: Three 1.5-hour Zoom workshops

Friday June 4

Friday June 11

Friday June 25

11:30AM-1:00PM EDT (10:30AM-12:00PM CDT)


  • 2 arts & equity experts
  • 4.5 hours of specialized training
  • 1 pre-program survey and learning packets for participants
  • Sustained participant interactivity
  • Research-proven practices
  • All accompanying digital materials/resources


  •      Program and special rate open to SEMC member institutions only
  •     Max 40 participants in one cohort 
  •      Up to 15 participants from any one museum
  •       $225 per seat for three-part series
  •    Registration will be first come, first served

Sample Session Activities:

  • Contextualizing a Need for Cultural Inclusion and Equity Work in Museums: Facilitators and participants discuss current conversations and actions across the United States concerning cultural inclusion and equitable museum practices. Participants will consider how their work and the institution fit into the changing cultural landscape and sector. 
  •  Introduction to Approaches for Productive Dialogue: Facilitators introduce strategies for leading and participating in discussions about diversity that staff can use to guide their discussions about controversial topics. Participants receive a handout with information for productive dialogue for continued use.
  • Establishing a Common Language: Facilitators provide participants with terms often expressed in conversations regarding diversity, culture and identity to develop a common language for productive discussions in the workshop and beyond. Definitions and language shared are gathered from research across fields of sociology, psychology and history, and presented in language. Participants have the opportunity to discuss definitions. 
  • Critically Analyzing Examples of Cultural Discrimination: Facilitators share common examples of cultural discrimination in cultural institutions. Building on this, participants work individually and in small groups to identify examples from their own institutional perspectives. These examples provide opportunities for critical reflection and discussion about how to move towards cultural equity and inclusion.
  • Principles for Cultural Equity in Museums​: Facilitators introduce a series of practical principles for anti-racism. Participants engage in an interactive discussion and analysis of these principles via the lenses of their current institutional positions.
  • Strategies for Everyday Anti-Racism: ​Facilitators lead participants through a process of developing their own individual and collective strategies to incorporate anti-racist strategies into their daily work practice. Participants will name specific strategies and plans for accountability to implement anti-racism immediately and throughout the year.

Additional information:

Silence, in the face of racism and injustice, is complicity. While some may want to believe that museums are neutral spaces, they are far from that. It is our responsibility—as educators committed to creating more just and equitable societies—to understand how our daily practices might actually enable White supremacist (and heteronormative, patriarchal) thinking. And while the work that must be done can feel overwhelming at times, we just cannot be afraid to start.”

Meet the Trainers:

Keonna Hendrick is the recipient of the 2019 National Art Education Association’s National Museum Education Art Educator Award, Hendrick is recognized as a leading voice in the fields of museum education and art education. She currently serves as School Programs Manager at the Brooklyn Museum, where she leads a department of skilled and empathetic educators in facilitating experiences that invite learners to expand their understanding of themselves and the world.

Marit Dewhurst is the Director of Art Education and Associate Professor of Art and Museum Education at The City College of New York. Prior to joining the faculty at CCNY, she directed The Museum of Modern Art’s free studio art programs for teens. She co-founded the Museum Teen Summit to promote youth participation and access in museums. She is the author of Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy and Teachers Bridging Difference: Exploring Identity Through Art.

This training program is offered in partnership between the Southeastern Museums Conference and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley