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CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute)

Members of Cohort 7
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Success for museums in the 21st century will depend on embracing organizational change to meaningfully connect with new and diverse audiences.  CCLI imagines a world in which museums transform themselves to recognize and respond to different values and needs, curating experiences and collections that touch the lives of a diversity of audiences.

CCLI helps museum leaders catalyze diversity and inclusion efforts in their institutions.

Building from the document Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills, published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2009, CCLI 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.  CCLI introduces a framework for thinking about these 21st Century skills within the context of cultural competence and diversity, and offers accompanying tools and resources.

The Cultural Competence Learning Institute is a partnership between the following institutions:


CCLI partners on new Cambio project. 

Cambio is a National Science Foundation-funded professional development project for informal learning institutions—zoos, children’s museums, science centers, and other similar organizations—across the United States. It’s built on the premise that by developing cultural competence specific to Latinx communities and STEM, coupled with intentional changes in practice, museums can improve their ability to be inclusive of their Latinx communities, cultures, and audiences.

Cambio leverages the CCLI* (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) professional development model and the actionable insights from the Exploratorium’s National Science Foundation-funded GENIAL Summit.  As with CCLI, Cambio offers a yearlong professional development program for museum teams, along with resources and tools, to help museums shift internal practices to better create STEM experiences that are culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining to Latinx audiences.  To learn more, visit https://www.cambioexperience.org.  Sign up on the site to stay updated on the 2023 cohort application process.

*CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) is a partnership among Children’s Discovery Museum, Association of Science and Technology Centers, Association of Children’s Museums, and Garibay Group.

 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.

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CCLI National Landscape Study: The State of DEAI in Museums


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New infographics feature high level data from the CCLI National Landscape Study: DEAI Practices in Museums. Providing Actionable Insights for museums to consider in their DEAI work, these are intended to foster important dialogue at all levels within the museum professional audience.

CCLI includes:

  • Strategic Initiative and coaching
  • Comprehensive staff survey
  • Two day in-person workshop
  • Monthly webinars and resources
  • Peer Networking
  • Specialized leadership support
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.
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