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Staff Diversity

A Call for Gender Equity in the Museum Workplace

Today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women make up 46.7-percent of the museum field, working in every job title and every museum discipline. Multiple studies, including the AAM National Comparative Museum Salary Survey and the American Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Gender Gap report (both from 2014),paint a bleak salary picture for women. With museum workers and AAM leading the way, we need to create a Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM). (PDF, 5 pages)

Achieving Diversity Step-By-Step

Third Sector New England shares its Guide to Achieving Workplace Diversity to help institutions achieve diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. (PDF, 12 pages)

Color Blind or Color Brave?

In this 2014 TEDTalk, finance executive Mellody Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society

Diversity Appreciation, Training and Management

The Free Management Library shares resources and articles on diversity training and management in the workplace. The resources cover age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and ability. It also includes a link to a diversity strategic plan.

Disability Statistics

Cornell University provides a tools and resources on disability statistics, including an interactive search tool, National and state-level reports, and detailed information on dozens of national level disability data sources.

Diversity in the Museum Workplace

This edition of Museum magazine explores staff diversity. (PDF, 68 pages)

Empathetic Museum Maturity Model

The Empathetic Museum shares an assessment tool and associated resources to help organizations look within, and move towards a more empathetic future.

The Gender Gap in Art Museum Directorships

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) undertook this study to understand the gender gap and explore potential factors to help institutions advance towards greater equality. (PDF, 15 pages)

How to Value Multi-Cultural and Diverse Organizations

The Free Management Library has a section on valuing diversity. It includes self-assessments, team building exercises, and resources on teaching tolerance, building trust, and managing conflict.

Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion

In this 2013 TEDx talk, CEO of Human Facets, Dr. Helen Turnbull discusses how all companies should incorporate global inclusion into their work. 

Intersectionality Toolkit

A practical guide for both individual activists and organizations to learn more about Intersectionality and its principles, and to provide a selection of activities to explore practice around inclusiveness.

The Labor of Diversity

In this January/February 2016 article from Museum Magazine, Nicole Ivy shares thoughts on how to think about diversity and hiring bias.

The Museum Sacrifice Measure

In this January/February 2016 Museum magazine segment, Elizabeth Merritt, vice president for strategic foresight and founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, shares a series of essays that first appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums Blog discussing the sacrifice many make to work in and for museums.

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

The Annie E. Casey Foundation shares this downloadable Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide.

Recruiting Diverse Talent

The Bridgespan Group provides insight on recruiting, retaining and managing a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization.

Recruiting Strategies to Make Diversity More Meaningful in Your Organization

The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group offers an article on recruiting and cultivating diversity within an organization. (PDF, 4 pages)

Resources for the Museum Industry to Discuss the Issue of Unpaid Internships

The Alliance provides a list of resources museums can use to help determine if unpaid internships are equitable.

The Subconscious Advantage of Whiteness in Hiring

Leniece F. Brissett, founder of, has seen firsthand how whiteness is advantaged, often subconsciously, in recruitment, selection and hiring processes.

TrendsWatch 2016

The 2016 version of the Center for the Future of Museums TrendsWatch includes articles on labor 3.0, the spectrum of ability, and the struggle over representation & identity.

Welcoming Guidelines for Museums

The LGBTQ Alliance (an Alliance Professional Network) shares guidelines to consider when assessing how to provide the LGBTQ community, staff, visitors, management, and allies from all fields with a welcoming experience. (PDF, 64 pages)