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In collaboration with the AAM Education Committee (EdCom), Diversity Committee (DivCom), and Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums; and with #MuseumEdChat on Twitter. 


An EdComversation Online Discussion

Reflections on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion at 2017 AAM Annual Meeting

July 20, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Join colleagues from EdCom, DivCom and CARE to reflect on the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting. Featuring 900 presenters and 285 exhibitors, many sessions, discussions, and activities of the conference addressed diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in museums. We are excited to facilitate this EdComversation so that the annual meeting discussions continue with those who attended, and those who were unable to attend. Guest panelists will reflect on their own experiences at the conference, and address reflections from those in the audience. We encourage EdComversation registrants to email us ideas for discussion from your experience at the annual meeting. Please email Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, EdCom Chair for Professional Development.

How Will I Benefit? 

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Consider ideas, examples, and case studies about attracting and retaining diverse audiences through programs, collections, and resources
  • Discuss diversity in staff and museum leadership
  • Explore how strategies can be scalable for museums of discipline, size, geography, and budget

Who Should Attend 

Museum practitioners from all disciplines within the museum field.  


  • Dina Bailey, CEO, mountaintop vision; chair, museum education issues, AAM Education Professional Network (EdCom)
  • Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, steering committee, AAM LGBTQ Alliance
  • Cecile Shellman, diversity catalyst, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh; co-chair, AAM Diversity Professional Network (DivCom)
  • Marley Steele-Inama, director of audience research and evaluation, Denver Zoo; former chair, AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation Professional Network (CARE)


  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, assistant vice president, education & evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; chair for professional development, EdCom 


This program is free to all attendees, but online pre-registration is required. 

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You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.

Join the Conversation on Twitter

The dialogue will be held concurrently from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter at #MuseumEdChat, hosted by Claudia Ocello @museumptnrs. The conversation will continue that evening from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET, hosted by Sarah Erdman @cabinetofcurios. All participants from the AAM EdComVersation are encouraged to join and continue the conversation. On Twitter: @AAMers, @AAM_EdCom, #MuseumEdChat, @museumptnrs, @cabinetofcurios

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.

About EdComversations

EdCom hosts EdComversations every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (PT). These online, talk-show-style discussions cover timely, relevant topics from the museum community and encourage dialogue, networking, and collaborative idea generation.

About EdCom

The American Alliance of Museums Education Professional Network (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators and promotes professional standards and excellence in the best and next practice of museum education.