Quarterly DEI Progress Report – June 2021
2021 marks a year of transformation for Bellevue Arts Museum. Following our public commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work, BAM’s board and staff have been laying the groundwork for meaningful and lasting change at the Museum.
In keeping with our promise to our community, we are committed to sharing updates on the steps BAM is taking to ensure that everyone feels welcomed and respected at the Museum.
Internal Audit – DEI Pathways with 501 Commons
BAM’s board and staff are currently working with 501 Commons to assess the Museum’s operational policies and procedures through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This Museum-wide assessment—which will conclude in mid to late-July—examines fundamental structures at both the board and staff level. The results of the assessment will help BAM identify areas for growth and set priorities, as well as provide a starting place for board and staff as we begin work with a DEI consultant.
As we move beyond these first steps, the Museum recognizes the importance of shaping our long-term DEI efforts with guidance from an independent and experienced DEI consultant. Following an initial search by a team of BAM staff members, board and staff are currently interviewing DEI professionals to identify a consultant who can begin working with the Museum this summer.
Staff, Board, and Volunteer Trainings
The Museum has provided initial anti-racism and unconscious bias training to staff and will provide ongoing training to staff, board, and docents with guidance from a DEI consultant.
BAM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee—comprised of board, advisory council, and staff members—has been meeting regularly to make strides forward on DEI work. Most recently, this has included working with the search committees for our open Executive Director and Director of Education positions to ensure an equitable hiring process. The DEI Committee will also be partnering with the Strategic Planning Committee on a new strategic plan for the Museum that incorporates DEI at all levels, to be released in the first quarter of 2022.
Executive Director Search
Our next Executive Director will play a key role in the Museum’s ongoing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. With that in mind, our Interim Executive Director has been working closely with Museum leadership and the hiring committee to craft a job description that captures the Museum’s needs and expanding vision in this time of transformation. The official search will open this summer with the goal of filling the role before the end of 2021.
We recognize that building a more inclusive and welcoming organization takes time and commitment. The steps outlined above are just the beginning of making meaningful change at BAM and we look forward to learning and growing in the months ahead. Our next DEI update will be published in September 2021. In the meantime, we welcome input from our community. Please reach out to us via our feedback form to share your thoughts and recommendations for BAM’s future.