Call for Participants- Equality and Inclusion workshop
University of Delaware
To: Monday 20.01.20
University of Delaware
Do you want to do more to advance issues of equity and inclusion in the field of conservation?
Eliminating inequity in the field of conservation requires courageous, inclusive leadership. To help those who wish to lead in this way, a two-day workshop to develop a leadership training plan is being
organized. The ultimate aim of the leadership training is to help equip conservation leaders with ideas and skills to actively eliminate existing barriers to a fully equitable and inclusive profession. In the workshop, current leaders in conservation will work with conservation students/early career conservators to formulate a lasting plan for a more equitable field. If you identify as one of the following, we encourage you to apply:
1. Conservators currently in a position of authority who can demonstrate previous efforts to
advance equity and inclusion in their professional and/or personal lives.
2. Conservation graduate students or early career professionals, especially from underrepresented
populations, with clear ideas about how those with authority can help make conservation a truly
The first day of the workshop will be led by Dr. Brea Heidelberg, a facilitator with an established track record in addressing equity and inclusion issues for cultural heritage professionals. Participants will be expected to engage with lectures and discussions centered on identifying and addressing structural inequalities, sharing past experiences, and developing approaches to creating an equitable workforce. The second day will be led by Dr. Joelle Wickens, Anisha Gupta, Sarah Staniforth, and Debra Hess Norris. We will examine existing leadership models and training programs. We will explore how existing programs incorporate issues of equity and inclusion. From this foundation, we will design a fartherreaching conservation leadership training workshop, to take place in spring of 2021, and at subsequent
times as appropriate.
This planning workshop will be held from April 2-4, 2020 at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, DE. It is co-sponsored by the Art Conservation Department of the University of Delaware
and the Equity & Inclusion Committee of the American Institute for Conservation. Travel expenses for all participants will be covered by the University of Delaware.
To apply, please email Joelle Wickens by end of business on January 20, 2020.
Include a CV and a statement of 300-500 words that responds to the prompt below which is appropriate
1. If you are in a position of authority, please describe yourself, your position of authority, and
evidence of previous desires/efforts to advance equity and inclusion. This effort does not need
to have been successful.
2. If you are a conservation graduate student or early career professional (particularly from an
underrepresented population), please describe yourself and your ideas about how to make the
field of conservation more equitable and inclusive.
For this first workshop we can accept 5 - 7 participants from each of the two categories, but all applications received will receive priority consideration for future workshops. The level of response to this first call will also inform and support future funding requests. So, if this effort is of interest to you, and you want to be informed of future developments, make sure to apply by January 20.
Acceptances for the 2020 workshop will be email no later than January 24th so travel can be booked by
- Anisha Gupta is the Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials at the American Philosophical Society. She is also co-chair of the Equity & Inclusion Committee for the American Institute for Conservation.
- Dr. Brea M. Heidelberg is Program Director of the Entertainment & Arts Management program at Drexel University. She is also Founder and Principal at ISO Arts Consulting, a firm offering equity training,program & organizational evaluation, and workforce solutions for arts and cultural organizations.
- Debra Hess Norris is the Chair of the Department of Art Conservation, Professor of Photograph Conservation and Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She also serves on the boards of the University of Delaware, the Foundation for the Advancement of Conservation, CCAHA, the HBCU Library Alliance, and the Alliance for HBCU Museums and Galleries.
- Sarah Staniforth is President Emeritus of IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works). She is Professor in Practice, Archaeology Department, Durham University and a Trustee of a number of UK heritage organizations including the Science Museum Group and English Heritage.
- Dr. Joelle Wickens is the Associate Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and Assistant Professor of Preventive Conservation in the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware.