We value diversity: We appreciate all people and embrace the similarities and differences.
We value inclusion: We strive to be welcoming and inclusive in our physical spaces and in everything we do and say.
We value equity: We provide opportunities that help people facing disparities achieve their full potential.
Committed to Organizational Progress
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lays out the values that guide our words and actions. This commitment applies to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, religion, mental and physical ability, nation of origin, citizenship status or any other personal aspect that might place someone within a marginalized community.
In addition to doing work that directly impacts our community, we’re committed to making progress within our own organization. The museum is elevating diversity, equity and inclusion across the organization and embedding this work into all department priorities. In the past year, activities included:
• Completing the international Of/By/For All process to better engage and serve Black families in our community.
• Planning a sensory-friendly family event and improving support given to families whose children have special needs.
• Growing staff cultural competence through the use of the Intercultural Development Inventory and sessions with deepSEE, a diversity training agency.
• Incorporating anti-bias practices into visitor-service staff orientation and training.
In 2021, the museum created an internal DEI Champions group to assist in advancing policies, practices and strategies to live our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This group’s initial focus is helping ensure the museum creates and maintains an equitable and inclusive workplace.
As we move forward, we will continue to make this work a priority. We are committed to:
• Improving retention of BIPOC staff
• Achieving 30% BIPOC representation on senior leadership (directors and up)
• Adopting inclusion accountability standards for people leaders as part of performance evaluations
Making Play Accessible for All
Play is powerful and universal, uniting people across cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
We believe all families deserve the opportunity to experience the joy and learning that happens at Minnesota Children’s Museum.
For families that can’t afford to visit, we offer greatly discounted tickets and memberships through the museum’s All Play program.
We also recognize that extra support can sometimes help kids fully participate. To make that happen, we’ve developed resources to help foster full inclusion at the museum. Read more about those initiatives here.
Recognizing Racial Injustice
We acknowledge that systemic racism and inequities exist in our community. We recognize our responsibility as a community leader to help drive positive change and see that we can have a role in eliminating systemic racism in Minnesota – particularly when it relates to the negative impact it has on childhood development. We feel this way in part because:
• The American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that race is a social determinant of health. Racism harms the health of children of color.
• Racial inequity negatively affects brain development in young children. It’s hard for kids to thrive when they live in traumatic or repressive racial environments.
• The museum is located in a city in which the majority of children age 5 and under are people of color or indigenous.
We know words are just a start and we are committed to doing the necessary work. We look forward to making our community a better, more welcoming place for everyone.
News & Resources
Our website has become a go-to resource for parents, caregivers and community partners to find content on topics related to play. It’s important that this space also includes resources and discussions on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion as they related to kids. Those topics might include the play gap and how it disproportionately impacts children of color, addressing racism as a childhood health issue, resources for raising antiracist and accepting children, tips for addressing diversity at all ages and more.
The more we talk about and bring awareness to these issues and experiences, the more we make strides toward building a better future for children.
“Doubling Down on DEI”
Museum president Dianne Krizan published an essay on how Minnesota Children’s Museum is doubling down on its efforts to promote racial equity in light of George Floyd’s murder. The essay was published in the official publication of the Association of Children’s Museums, the world’s foremost professional society supporting and advocating on behalf of children’s museums.
By sharing the DEI work Minnesota Children’s Museum is doing, the hope is that other children’s museums will be inspired to increase their efforts to make an impact as well. Click here to read the full essay.
“The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health”
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides an evidence-based look at the negative impact racism has on child and adolescent development and health outcomes. Read the full paper.
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⚬ Beginning Saturday, Aug. 7, masks are required for all visitors age 5 and older, whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated.
⚬ Masks are strongly encouraged for children ages 2 to 4.
⚬ Anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to the museum.
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