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Doing the Work: Practical Equity-Centered Change Projects by Real Cultural Change Agents

Mar 21, 2023


Dr. Nicole R. Robinson, founder and CEO of Cultural Connections by Design (CCBD) (visit: www.ccbydesign.org), a diversity education consulting company, has worked with galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMS) across the nation to implement equity-centered practices into the workplace. Over the past year, Dr. Robinson has worked with Rutgers University Libraries, Yale University Libraries (Connecticut), Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and the Folk Art School to help shift the day-to-day workplace culture towards a culture of belonging – one that views, values, and leverages the strengths among differences.  

As with any organizational change, there are ups and downs, successes and challenges, and not so straightforward pathways towards success. Hear firsthand from these GLAM cultural change leaders about their journeys. During this webinar, you will hear how Rutgers University Libraries (New Jersey) restructured hiring policies, practices, and procedures to ensure a more equitable process for all prospective library faculty and staff. Learn how Yale University Libraries (Connecticut) established a highly successful Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Alliance partnership to provide students with the opportunity to explore fields in conservation. Finally, learn how Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School (Iowa) conducted a people audit in a quest to ensure providing the best service needs to their partners and patron base.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A with each panelist.  


Dr. Consuella Askew, Rutgers University Libraries
CCBD Project: Structuring Equity-Centered Hiring Practices

Dr. Consuella Askew is an accomplished administrator, librarian, and scholar, and currently serves as Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian at Rutgers University. Dr. Askew has published and presented widely on library leadership, developing a culture of assessment in academic libraries, and strategically adapting library services to meet evolving user needs. Dr. Askew serves as an executive board member of the Historically Black College and University Libraries Alliance and is a member of the editorial board for the award-winning portal: Libraries and the Academy.

Andrew Ellingsen, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
CCBD Project: Understanding Our People

Andrew Ellingsen is an experienced instructional coach and educator who currently serves as Director of Folk Art Education at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Ellingsen taught elementary music and worked as an instructional coach in Iowa and Minnesota for nearly twenty years. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk.

Laura O’Brien-Miller, Yale Library
CCBD Project: The HCBU Alliance + Yale Partnership Program

Laura O’Brien Miller is a Rare Books & Manuscripts Conservator. She develops and executes conservation strategies for rare books, bound manuscripts, papyri, and parchment documents and advocates for for the care of Yale Library’s special collections. Laura previously worked in conservation at New York University’s Bobst Library, The Chicago Public Library, The Chicago History Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago.