Each year, CCLI welcomes a new group of institutions, which includes museums of all disciplines, to participate in its year-long professional development process.

CCLI recognizes that museums have been working to respond to the pandemic, financial stress due to closures and the racial justice movement. To allow museums to get back on their feet financially and to focus on re-opening, we have made the decision to postpone the application process for the next CCLI cohort until Spring/Summer 2021. Please check back for additional information in Spring 2021 or email us to "keep me informed." In the meantime, check out our webinar series about how to take diversity and inclusion efforts from intention to action.

CCLI Includes:

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

Please download this Microsoft Word document and fill it out, with input from other team members. Create one PDF that includes the Microsoft Word document and other necessary attachments, including organizational chart and any supplemental letters. Upload your PDF document here to ensure safe delivery of your application. If your document is above the 20 Mb limit, please upload photos or supporting documents separately.

Thank you for submitting your application to CCLI. You will receive a confirmation email of its receipt within 2 business days. If you do not receive an email receipt notification, please contact us.

Selection Criteria:

The following will be considered in the selection process, which is conducted by the CCLI steering committee:

  • A confirmation of the commitment of museum leadership to the project
  • Institutional commitment to and experience with diversity/inclusion/cultural competence efforts
  • Representation of a variety of museum types, sizes, and regions (a maximum of six museums will be selected).

Let us know you are interested, and we will keep you informed on application procedures and deadlines.

Keep Me Informed


Cultural Competence is a process of lifelong learning.  It results in knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that allow us to work effectively with others from different cultural backgrounds, increases the ability of organizations to maximize the benefits of diversity within their workforces, and improves the services we offer to our various stakeholders.

Culture refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups.

Diversity encompasses all those differences that make us unique, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age, and physical and mental ability.  A diverse group, community or organization is one in which a variety of social and cultural characteristics exist.

Inclusion denotes an environment where each individual member of a diverse group feels valued, is able to fully develop his or her potential and contributes to the organization’s success.

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