CALL FOR PROPOSALS: From Small Wins to Sweeping Change: Internal Initiatives to Foster Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Museums
Editors Priya Frank and Theresa Sotto are seeking chapter authors to "From Small Wins to Sweeping Change: Internal Initiatives to Foster Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Museums," to inform a book proposal for the American Alliance of Museums with an anticipated publication date of 2022.

This call for proposals is open through 11:59 PST on DECEMBER 15, 2020. Selected authors will be notified by FEBRUARY 1, 2021.


Museum practitioners have been having conversations about diversity and equity in museums for decades. In the past few years, the words diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) have proliferated in countless articles, panel presentations, and local and national conference programs. In recent months, after the murder of George Floyd sparked protests worldwide, museums are being called upon to establish anti-racist initiatives and take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In order to move beyond buzzwords and solidarity statements and take proactive steps to foster inclusive environments, museums of all types are forming cross-departmental working groups to examine their internal practices and hiring processes, and ultimately foster a more inclusive and equitable environment for both visitors and staff alike. Edited by Priya Frank and Theresa Sotto, this forthcoming book will provide a range of frameworks for DEAI and anti-racist initiatives in museum settings, combining practice and theory, guidance and questions, challenges and successes. As museums grapple with how they can evolve their practices to advance equity and inclusion, this timely publication will include concrete tips and models for mitigating bias, confronting racism, and advocating for organizational change.

Chapters may cover but are not limited to the following:
- Case studies of lessons learned from internal DEAI groups and how these lessons inform practices that are sustainable and responsive to changing needs
- Case studies that represent organizational change or a cultural shift as a result of internal working groups, including shifts in institutional priorities, ways of knowing, and existing hierarchies
- Strategies for building support among all stakeholders for DEAI and anti-racist initiatives
- Initiatives that move beyond diversity and inclusion goals and towards anti-racist goals that seek to dismantle systemic racism and systems of oppression
- Strategies for advocating for resources to be allocated to new positions, programs, and cross-departmental working groups
- Tools for working across departments to decolonize museum practices and make space for institutional critique
- Personal reflections about emotional labor related to implementing DEAI and anti-racist initatives in DEAI and anti-racist working groups

Note that the editors will work directly with all potential contributors regarding any concerns relating to confidentiality.


Editors will review and assess individual proposals in terms of:
- alignment to the book’s central themes
- contribution to or application of existing knowledge and/or lived experience
- demonstration of accuracy of current challenges and trends

Editors will also assess the proposals as a whole, aiming for:
- balance across chapters in terms of content and target audience served
- inclusion of a range of voices from various types of museums, careers, and communities


Priya Frank

Theresa Sotto

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Describe the DEAI or anti-racist working group at your institution and your role. (no more than 300 words) *
What was the catalyst for forming the group? (no more than 200 words) *
Describe a successful or unsuccessful equity-related initiative at your organization. (no more than 200 words) *
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