The Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI)

CCLI is a process and set of resources designed to help museums increase their organizational capacity around diversity, inclusion, and culture.  Developed by a collaborative group of museum and diversity professionals, CCLI builds capacity for institutions to maximize the benefits of diversity within their workforce and improve the services offered to people from different cultural backgrounds.

CCLI Includes:

  • Comprehensive staff survey
  • Coaching for development/implementation of a year-long strategic initiative
  • 1.5 day in-person workshop in December
  • Monthly webinars
  • Network of peer museums
  • Resources and tools
  • Unique staff development opportunity
  • Cross-departmental team engagement

IMLSThis project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grants MP-00-12-0021 and MG-10-17-0040-17.

Steering Committee


Jenni Martin
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Marilee Jennings

Marilee Jennings
Executive Director
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Laura Huerta Migus

Laura Huerta Migus
Executive Director
Association of Children's Museums

Cecilia Garibay

Cecilia Garibay
Garibay Group


Ann Hernandez
Program Manager, Professional Development
Association of Science-Technology Centers


Brittany Waxman
Executive Assistant
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Margaret Glass

Margaret Glass
Director, Professional Development
Association of Science-Technology Centers

Previous Participant Organizations

Cohort 1:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Long Island Children’s Museum
SciPort Louisiana Science Center

Cohort 2:
Discovery Place
Kidspace Children’s Museum
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

Cohort 3:
Boston Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum
Detroit Zoo
Madison Children’s Museum

Cohort 4:
Children’s Museum of South Dakota
Cincinnati Museum Center
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Imagine Children’s Museum
The Wild Center

Cohort 5:
Adventure Science Center
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
High Desert Museum

Cohort 6:
Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center
Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
Children’s Museum of Evansville
Creative Discovery Museum
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Natural History Museum of Utah

The Cultural Competence Learning Institute, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), builds from the 2009 IMLS report Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills and focuses on three 21st Century skills that are particularly relevant to helping institutions advance their cultural competency: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, and Global Awareness.