Recorded Session: American Perspectives on Bias, Trust, and Inclusive History

Recorded On: 09/29/2020

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Session Description

American Perspectives on Bias, Trust, and Inclusive History is a recorded session of the 2020 AASLH Online Annual Meeting.

Many history organizations are working hard to more effectively share a complete, inclusive history. How willing are our audiences to listen to those stories of the past and present? This panel will share important research and lessons being learned through the IMLS Leadership Grant-Unvarnished.


RECORDED DATE: September 29, 2020

COST: $5 AASLH Members / $10 Nonmembers / Free for Full Access Annual Meeting attendees w/ Promo Code (email

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Chair: Donna Sack Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL
Donna Sack has over 30 years' experience leading historic sites, museums and museum associations into the future. She is VP & Chief Program Officer at Naper Settlement, where she was recruited to be part of a team transforming the outdoor history museum. She is author and project director of Unvarnished, an IMLS Leadership Grant, pushing historical organizations in the northern and western United States to interpret de facto segregation, as evidenced through Sundown Town practices and racially restrictive covenants. Sack is a frequent speaker on museum topics ranging from advocacy to inclusion and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois State Museum Board, a museum that the State closed then reopened.

Dina Bailey MountainTop Vision, Atlanta, GA
Dina Bailey supports organizations and communities as they delve into diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and empathy. She is a consultant to Unvarnished through focus group leadership and dialogic methodology workshops. Dina has participated in projects relating to the reinterpretation of the slave auction block at Fredericksburg, VA and best practices for visitor engagement at Monticello. Dina founded Mountain Top Vision, a consulting company. She has also been Director of Methodology and Practice for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Director of Educational Strategies at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Director of Museum Experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She has served on the boards of the American Association for State and local History, the Association of African American Museums, and Next Generation Men and Women.

Sabrina Robins African Heritage, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Sabrina Robins, Ph.D., is director of operations at Manpower Group, Inc. and is a national expert on diversity and labor trends. She was named one of the 28 most influential African-Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365, a non-profit news outlet. She was a chief contributor to A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities, an exhibit collaboration with a local history museum that details Sundown Town practice in Appleton, WI . She serves on the board of African Heritage Inc., (AHI) a cultural organization providing cultural awareness and educational opportunities for cultural exchange. AHI received a 2015 Leadership Award of Merit from AASLH for the Stone of Hope exhibit. Robins is a consortium member of the Unvarnished grant, providing community perspective to the project.

Susie Wilkening Wilkening Consulting, Seattle, WA
Susie Wilkening has over 20 years experience in museums, including over twelve years leading custom audience research, as well as fielding groundbreaking national research on the role of museum in American society. Susie is the primary audience researcher for Unvarnished and has developed data stories to share her findings with the field at various meetings and in publications. Susie is also a go-to expert on museums for the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, NPR, and others. Susie earned a BS in History, Technology and Society from Georgia Tech and an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. She resides in Seattle.

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