About CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute)


CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) helps museums of all types and sizes activate their efforts around diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, CCLI is a partnership among Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Association of Children’s Museums, the Garibay Group, and ASTC. CCLI builds institutional capacity for museums to embrace organizational change and meaningfully connect with new and diverse audiences.

Professional-Development Program

The centerpiece of CCLI’s work is a year-long professional-development institute that brings together teams from museums across the United States—including senior leaders—for strategic initiative development, coaching, monthly webinars, peer discussions, networking, and more. Participants leave the program with resources and tools to continue diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion efforts at their institutions and join a network of peers in the CCLI alumni community. Applications for the next cohort will open in 2021.

Group poses for photo during a meeting.
The cohort 7 museum teams at their kickoff meeting in February 2020.

Public Offerings

Building on the success of the professional-development institute, CCLI also offers a growing portfolio of resources and activities available to the public. These include webinars on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion issues important to museums, as well as resources to help museums advance their cultural competency work.

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