The Visitor Studies Group: Championing excellent visitor experiences

Representing Diversity – Advocating for Inclusive Development and Evaluation

25 February, 19:00

Whether you are considering an educational program, an exhibit or exhibition, or another type of informal learning experience, the inclusion and representation of diverse perspectives and portrayals is of vital importance. But how do we plan our efforts in an effective and culturally responsive way, and what are the costs of not doing so? In this webinar, we will explore these questions and more, with the goals of fostering dialogue and building skills around inclusive representations and evaluation practices.

Join Chris Cardiel, Research and Evaluation Supervisor at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, for a 90-minute session exploring evidence of the value of diverse audience representation, sharing examples of inclusive museum learning experiences and evaluations, and discussing key considerations in planning respectful, equitable, and authentic collaborations.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Visitor Studies Association. The registration fee is $25 and includes access to an archived recording of the webinar, a detailed handout with a variety of tips, and a digital badge/certificate for participating in the live webinar.

Webinar participants will:

  • Increase their familiarity with research supporting the value of diverse audience participation and representation
  • Learn tips and tricks for planning and implementing inclusive evaluations
  • Be introduced to examples of museum exhibitions and evaluation efforts
    that include a diversity focus
  • Be provided with evidence to support the necessity of including diverse
    voices and representations
  • Leave with an expanded toolkit of instruments for evaluating exhibits,
    programs, and experiences through a diversity lens

This webinar will benefit museum educators, evaluators, and developers, as well as administrative and leadership staff seeking to increase their fluency in justifying and conducting inclusive museum work.

Registration is now open on ASTC’s website: