Please join me in congratulating the latest cohorts of the MCN Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion advisory board members! This year marks the third iteration of the advisory board since its inception (see Charter). New members this year will serve a two-year term (ending December 2021) working on various initiatives and projects that further diversity and inclusion throughout the MCN organization. In addition to the newest members, several of last year’s advisory board members were selected to remain on the advisory board for a second year of service.
I look forward to our work this year as we continue striving to make MCN and the museum technology sector more inclusive, accessible, diverse, and equitable!
Board member & DEAI Board Liaison
Jessica BrodeFrank (she/her) is the Digital Collections Access Manager at the Adler Planetarium, and pursues a DPhil in Digital Humanities with University of London researching implicit database bias, and the use of crowdsourcing metadata projects as engagement tools. She is currently interested in incorporating diverse voices towards creating representative museum narratives.
Emily Hardin (they/them, she/her) is set to graduate with their MA in Museology from University of Washington in June. They have worked and volunteered at various art and history museums and galleries, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Burke Museum of Natural History, and are very passionate about inclusion for the LBTQ+ community and accessibility in all museological spaces.
With a background in Visual Arts and Museology, Marina (she/her/elle) has spent the past ten years working in museums around Canada. She is part of a small group of immigrants and visible minorities currently working in the field. Marina is invested in supporting under-represented groups and is delighted to join MCN DEAI.
Gurpreet Singh (he/him/his), with a background in AI, ML, and NLP, is an instructor at Lethbridge College and lab coordinator for the Digital Humanities lab (University of Lethbridge). As a project manager for the ‘Visionary Cross’ project – a Digital Cultural Heritage project in the Anglo-Saxon era – he specializes in Data Management and Dissemination.