It’s already July and I almost can’t believe I’ve been with the BCMA for over a month! It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know the BCMA and its staff, council, and committees, and to have some interactions with our membership base which has given me an idea of the scope and impact of this organization.

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and the past month has certainly been full of learning and growth. For the most part, I’ve been orienting myself to the BCMA and its operations, and learning the processes that make a non-profit organization function, with a particular emphasis on Conference 2019 coming up in September.

Though my role will largely be to act as a support for the Prince George Conference, another project I have taken on is to add some content to the BCMA Brain. In case you didn’t already know, the Brain is an excellent set of tools that members can access as a perk of membership. Drawing from my experience in anti-oppression training through the Anti-Violence Project, as well as personal education and experience, I will be attempting to produce some content that helps museums to understand how gender and sexuality inclusion is important for moving towards overall inclusivity for cultural institutions. Of course, there are so many resources out there by professionals who have more experience than I do, so I will not be attempting to re-invent the wheel. What I would like to do is to distil some of this information in to an explanation of why these aspects are important considerations, how they impact museums and the visitor experience, and a few actionable items that will help move toward an intersectional inclusivity. Keep your eye out for a future blog post highlighting that content!

I would like to thank the BCMA and its staff for welcoming me to this organization so wholeheartedly, and I look forward to getting to know the organization even better over the next few months. If there is anything in particular that members would like me to cover in my diversity and inclusion document, do feel free to email me at summerstudent@museumsassn.bc.ca. Members can also feel free to email me with any other questions and I will be happy to provide support!