Live Webinar: Being a Good Neighbor: Authentic and Empathetic Community Engagement

Includes a Live Event on 04/22/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

  • Register
    • Nonmember - $45
    • Academic Program - $25
    • Academic Faculty - $25
    • Academic Student - $25
    • Partner Institution - $25
    • Partner Institution Staff - $25
    • Premier Partner Institution - $25
    • Premier Institution Staff - $25
    • Platinum Partner Institution - Free!
    • Platinum Institution Staff - Free!
    • Complimentary - $25
    • Individual - $25
    • Subscription - $25
    • Institutional Budget - $25
    • Institutional Staff - $25

Webinar Description

Is your history organization striving to be a good neighbor in its community? In this webinar, attendees will join Brigette Jones as she shares examples of work being done at various institutions, whether positive or negative, to gain an understanding of the importance of authentic and empathetic community engagement within sites' geographic areas. Attendees will have the opportunity to gauge and critique the community engagement work being done at other institutions in hopes of fostering new and strengthening old community relationships. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to identify your organization’s neighbors
  • Learn how organizations have responded to major challenges, changes, or crises within their communities
  • Learn the importance of working with other groups in your organization’s community 
  • Understand the importance of allocating resources to serve the community and enhance the quality of life


DATE: April 22, 2021

TIME: 3:00 - 4:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

COST: $25 AASLH Members / $45 Nonmembers / $15 discount for STEPS participants with promo code found in the online STEPS Community

ACCESS: You will be provided with instructions on how to access the live event upon registration.

STEPS Standard

This webinar will help organizations enrolled in STEPS* address Audience Standard 7 (New Workbook): Regardless of its self-identified communities, the institution strives to be a good neighbor in its geographic area.

*Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS) is a self-study, self-paced assessment tool designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in STEPS review their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national standards.

Recording and Captioning

We will record this event. Access the Recorded Webinar in the AASLH Resource Center after the event has passed. Registrants of this event receive complimentary access to the recording in their Dashboard.

Real-time captioning is provided for the live event. A transcript is provided with the recording.

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Brigette Jones

Curator of Social History

Tennessee State Museum

Brigette Jones is currently the Curator of Social History for the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Tennessee. Her work includes the preservation and interpretation of the vast social histories of the many diverse cultures that inhabit the state of Tennessee, including but not limited to, African American history, Latino history, and Middle Eastern history. Ms. Jones is a Memphis native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the historically Black, Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2019, she gained certification through the National Association of Interpretation and the Smithsonian Institute: National Museum of African American History and Culture to become an official interpreter of the African American experience. Most recently, she served as Director of African American Studies for the Belle Meade Plantation Museum in Nashville, where her academic focus was primarily on the lasting legacy of American chattel enslavement on Tennesseans and surrounding areas.

As of 2019, Ms. Jones has established Bridge Builders Historical Consulting, LLC, where she provides genealogical research and interpretive design for museum sectors, as well as conducting public speaking engagements and serving as keynote speaker on the history and legacy of Southern race relations. The final component of her work is in the realm of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion where she offers training for various companies such as Tennessee Department of Transportation, Reebok Inc. and Tommy Hilfiger Inc. to improve cultural competency and social awareness within the workplace. Her trainings focus on addressing implicit and unconscious bias from a historical perspective in efforts of allowing trainee(s) to understand the root of community bias and how it has been fostered, with specific focus on the American South.

Her work has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute, NPR, The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, The Commercial Appeal, and Garden and Gun Magazine where she was named one of the 2019 “30 Southern Heroes”. To follow Ms. Jones and learn more about her work, her LinkedIn profile can be accessed here:

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If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Professional Development staff at or 615-320-3203.