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February 17, 2022: Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility in Museums

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

5:30pm – 8:00pm PST

Join your San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals for our February event–a panel discussion on Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) at the San Diego History Center. Our panelists will be sharing their personal IDEA experiences and discussing the current state of IDEA in San Diego museums and cultural institutions.

Meet the Panelists:

Joaquin Ortiz, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at MOPA

🔹 Joaquin Ortiz is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Museum of Photographic Arts. He specializes in DEAI training, learning design, and technology strategy. He served on the board of directors for the California Association of Museums, and was the co-chair of the Multicultural and Emerging Professionals Committee and a founding co-chair of the Strategic Action Committee. He holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in learning design and technology from San Diego State University.

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Cristina Godinez, Corporate and Community Liaison at Mingei International Museum

🔹 For over two years Cristina has been cultivating and creating community relationships and collaborations with local artists and arts & culture organizations, bringing diverse voices to Mingei Museum and highlighting underrepresented organizations. She is also a driving force behind San Diego Design Week (SDDW), a five-day celebration of design in our San Diego-Tijuana region presented by Mingei International Museum, where she is responsible for seeking financial support.

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Andrea “Angie” Chandler, Supervisor of Visitor Services and Education at CAAM in LA (California African American Museum)

🔹 Angie is a program curator, consultant, and cultural arts strategist from Brooklyn, New York. Angie’s time as an as an educator continues to fuel her work related to advocacy, arts equity, and socially engaged art and conversation. Angie has worked with several cultural institutions across the country to create unique experiences and opportunities to support the next generation of makers and their families. Angie is the lead strategist for Culture Mapping: San Diego, an informal online survey that gathers basic information from diverse art organizations and artists — including what type of art, whether the groups identifies as Black, POC, indigenous, Southeast Asian, MENA (Middle Eastern/North African) or mixed/multiple, specific needs, current space, etc.

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Charles Thunyakij, Education and Community Programs Specialist at Mingei International Museum

🔹 Charles is an artist and educator who has worked in art education for over a decade. He is currently the Education and Community Programs Specialist at Mingei International Museum. Charles is passionate about bringing accessible educational programing to all age groups in the San Diego region and has been key in cultivating conversations in the workplace about BIPOC experiences.

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♿️ Accessibility:

This event meets ADA standards, including: Accessible restrooms, mainly flat ground, and dedicated seating. Have accessibility questions? Email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

🔹 COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

All staff wearing masks. All guests (age 2+) are required to wear masks while indoors at this location, regardless of vaccination status.

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August 29: Craft & Conversation: Imposter Syndrome

August 29 | 6 – 7:30 PM | Public House La Jolla

If you’ve ever doubted your accomplishments or felt like you’re a fraud who doesn’t deserve your success… you’re not alone. Impostor Syndrome affects many of us and most people have felt it at least once in their career or personal lives.

San Diego EMP’s next installment of Craft + Conversation will be an open discussion about Impostor Syndrome in a safe space.

Join us at The Public House in La Jolla as we discuss our personal experiences, how to spot the symptoms of Impostor Syndrome, and review experts’ advice on how we can overcome it.

This Craft + Conversation is free to attend and has a suggested donation of $10. Your donation helps support San Diego EMP’s mission of providing professional development programs for local museum professionals.


To help prepare for this dialogue, read a selection of these provided articles:



See you there,

San Diego EMP


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2019: The Year of Big I.D.E.A.S.!

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San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals is proud to announce our 2019 theme: “Big I.D.E.A.S.”

As an acronym, IDEAS stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Sustainability.

These words are concepts, both concrete and abstract, that we encounter daily in the museum communities and beyond. While they have always been important to San Diego EMP and our programming, we’re excited to take a deep-dive into them with you this year!

What does inclusion mean to you? Diversity and equity? Accessibility and sustainability?

We plan to keep these ideas in the forefront as we invite you to join us for twelve carefully-crafted programs this year. From craft and conversations to hands-on workshops to helpful professional development panels… stay tuned for what is to come!

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Cheers to 2019,

San Diego EMP