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Introductions

Your lead educators for this course are: Armando Perla Armando Perla is an academic, consultant, activist and curator. He is a board member of the ICOM International Committee on Ethical …

Welcome to the course

Welcome to this course on building and strengthening inclusive museums. We are excited to have you on this learning journey with us. In this course we will, through diverse and …

What do we mean by exclusion?

What is exclusion? Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Corey Boswell and Jiali Zheng state that ”although peer rejection and exclusion are often due to interpersonal reasons, both can also be the result …

Wrapping up

During the first week of this course you met your instructors, looked at the course structure and understood the type of content you can expect during this course. You have …

Time to Act: Rohingya Voices

Following the increase in violence and persecution of the Rohingya people in Burma, the Rohingya community reached out to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) early in 2017. They …

Defining allyship

In the article discussed in the previous step Wendy Ng, Syrus Marcus Ware and Alyssa Greenberg define allyship as: “a way of working together, across multiple identities, to create work …

Activating Diversity and Inclusion

In their article Activating Diversity and Inclusion: A Blueprint for Museum Educators as Allies and Change Makers, museum professional Wendy Ng, artist, activist and scholar Syrus Marcus Ware, and museum …

Fictional case study

Appalled at the lack of accessible information and resources related to their intangible cultural heritage, young people in Xam gathered and created a forum through which to begin an active …

Free writing exercise

Find a comfortable, quiet space. Make yourself comfortable in a place where you can journal for at least 15 minutes. Open to a clean sheet in your journal Write the …

Oral histories

Marginalized groups have often been ignored and misrepresented in traditional historical written sources, and this has contributed to their exclusion and erasure within many museums. Oral history can help correct …

Challenging the notions of heritage

According to Laurajane Smith, Anna Morgan and Anita van der Meer, the project discussed in the previous step challenged the standard notions of what constitutes ‘heritage’, which usually tends to …

Community-based research (CBR)

As shown in previous examples in this course, Indigenous peoples should lead the processes that directly affect them. This includes researching, collecting, archiving, and interpreting their cultural heritage. As Linda …

Museums and participatory governance – CAM

This article is a reflection on a research exercise conducted through the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM). The CAM is an international NGO based in Canada. It supports the work …

ICOM code of ethics

ICOM designed a Code of Ethics which was first adopted by its members in 1986. The code was revised in 2004 in keeping with trends and changes within society at …

The meaning of diversity

We would like to encourage you to reflect on some of the challenges of using and working with the term ‘diversity’. To provide a critical framework, we would like to …