Addressing Needs in the Field of Conservation
Today we bear witness to hateful racism, police brutality, and oppression, our efforts turn to a series of action items aimed to address systemic racism in our profession and across the Nation. We must work together toward a more equal and just society at-large and across the cultural heritage sector. Within our Program we recommit ourselves to condemn the injustices fueled by systemic racism and to take concrete action toward greater equity and inclusion - to listening always, ongoing training and full-day workshops in race, discrimination, diversity, equity, and inclusion; diversifying our courses, syllabi, guest lectures, and field trips; exploring collections that share diverse stories, and amplifying the voices of black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) in cultural heritage and beyond.
We must constantly challenge, evaluate, and educate ourselves to do better. Our profession has the capacity and responsibility to strengthen cultural understanding, to give a voice to the voiceless, and to ensure that through our advocacy and the actions of examination, documentation, analysis, treatment, and preventive care, the missing, lost, and/or distorted narratives of underserved communities are marginalized no more.
A 2018 demographic survey of art museum staff has identified, as an urgent need, the diversification of those working in the museum field. This past summer has included several WUDPAC initiatives that are an effort to be part of the solution.