University of Kansas Center for Research (Spencer Museum of Art)

Log Number: MA-40-19-0377-19

The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will implement a professional development program to build its staff, board, and volunteers' intercultural communication and collaboration skills. The museum will provide a series of trainings facilitated by external experts for staff and volunteers. These trainings will center on the topics of inclusive hiring, recruitment, and retention as well as communication and collaboration with diverse communities. The museum will host four community forums to solicit input from the public and gauge external perspectives on project progress. Twelve staff members will attend professional conferences, where they will share institutional progress and contribute to conversations about field-wide change. The museum plans to complete an institutional plan addressing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. This will also incorporate collections and interpretative plans and inform ongoing strategic planning.