In late 2019, a ground-breaking study was launched to better understand the current state of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) practices in the museum field in the United States. This is the first field-wide study focusing on DEAI approaches in museums of all disciplines. Conducted by the Garibay Group on behalf of CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute), the study was designed to illustrate the current landscape of DEAI practices across the museum field and, in turn, establish a set of metrics that museums can use to measure the progress of their equity and inclusion work.
We’re excited to announce that the findings of this study are now available. The landmark report, CCLI National Landscape Study: The State of DEAI Practices in Museums highlights where organizational change is progressing and where gaps exist. Using data collected from 580 museums across the United States, the findings provide critical benchmarking that will help museums track and measure the progress of the DEAI work they are already doing and offer an evidence base for developing new strategies and activities. The key findings include:
Now, more than ever, our community is called to act and re-center equity in our work. This report offers a critical resource for our community as it works to gain a broader awareness about DEAI, and how to strengthen efforts in our own institutions. You can use these findings to kickstart conversations about what practices drive DEAI efforts, where more can be done, and what support or resources may be needed to advance work in your organization.
In the coming months, CCLI will share additional resources and special events drawing on findings from the report.
For media inquiries, please contact Jocelyn Fong (CCLI Program Manager).