Recorded Session: #Boards So White: Interrupting White Culture in History Organizations

Recorded On: 09/24/2020

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Session Description

#Boards So White: Interrupting White Culture in History Organizations is a recorded session of the 2020 AASLH Online Annual Meeting.

Non-profit boards of museums, historical societies, and other organizations engaged in historic interpretation are steeped in white culture. This contributes to maintaining the status quo in board recruitment and retention. Session attendees will work collectively to problem solve this important field wide issue.


RECORDED DATE: September 24, 2020

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Lindsey Baker Maryland Humanities, Baltimore, MD
Lindsey Baker is the Executive Director for Maryland Humanities. She has also been an Executive Director for small history organizations for over 12 years. In addition, she has served on a number of boards with a focus on historic interpretation. Lindsey’s many late nights at board meetings have led her to question the “norms” that guide boards and how those norms are reflective of white culture. She has learned quite a bit about how those norms make recruitment and retention of diverse boards difficult and hopes to moderate a session aimed at problem solving this issue.

Adar Ayira Associated Black Charities, Baltimore, MD
A. Adar Ayira is part of the senior leadership team at Associated Black Charities, a statewide public foundation focused on broadening economic opportunities and access and reducing the structural and institutional racialized barriers that impede the economic growth, inclusion, influence, and well-being of African Americans in Maryland. A founding member /founding Advisory Board Member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA), Adar is a facilitator and educator on racial equity/intersectionalities and provides facilitations/trainings for corporations, community groups, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in the region. A Poet/Spoken Word Artist in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, she has performed at Center Stage, the Spotlight Theatre, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, among other venues. Adar was a 2011 recipient of the YWCA Baltimore's Racial Justice Award and contributing author to the teaching text “Lessons from ‘The Color of Fear’: Field Reports” (Volume IV); Baltimore Open City; and various poetry publications, as well as being a contributing blogger for Rooflines, the National Housing Institute’s Shelterforce blog.

Chanel Compton Banneker Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD
As the Executive Director of the Banneker Douglass Museum and the Chairwoman of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Chanel Compton brings a unique perspective to the issue of board diversity in history organizations.

Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Beltsville, MD
For close to three years, Dr. Doster has served as a board member for the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc., one of 13 heritage areas certified by the state of Maryland. Located in northern Prince George’s County, the organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical, artistic, cultural, and natural resources of this area. As a minority and a millennial on this majority white and older board, Doster has brought a different background and point of view that has informed the organization’s management. He will be able to discuss the successes and continued challenges of dislocating the dominant culture within this type of organization.

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