Diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity are paramount values in our increasingly connected global society, and ASTC members are committed to centering these values in their work, across their teams, and in their communities. Read more about ASTC’s own commitment to diversity, accessibility, inclusion and equity

For 20 years, the Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program has supported a diverse group of emerging leaders with professional development and leadership training. More than 200 professionals from over 100 science and technology centers and museums in North America have participated in the program.

Fellows join a cohort of peers for a one-year professional development training program. This program includes an intensive, in-person, multi-day workshop ahead of ASTC’s annual conference as well as financial support to participate in the conference where Fellows learn from and network with the nearly 1,800 other science center and science engagement professionals in attendance. Following the conference, Fellows participate in professional development webinars and peer-learning virtual convenings, receive one-on-one leadership coaching, and join a broad alumni network.

Updates on the 2020 Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many features of the 2020 ASTC Annual Conference, most notably by transitioning it to a virtual event. ASTC remains deeply committed to the Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program, but we acknowledge that cohort-based programs strongly benefit from in-person learning and relationship-building. Therefore, the next cohort of Fellows will not be launched until 2021.

ASTC is continuing its support of leadership development within the science and technology center and museum community through new opportunities for Alumni Fellows. See the following section for more details. If you have any questions about these program changes, please contact Rachel Diamond or Lesley Markham

New Opportunities for Alumni Fellows

In 2020, ASTC will launch new opportunities for alumni of the Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program to connect with one another and continue their learning and professional development. For example, ASTC will host a virtual convening to support Alumni Fellows as they navigate challenges within their organizations and across their communities, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a renewed societal energy toward addressing systemic racism.

ASTC is also collaborating with the Informal Learning Leadership Collaborative (ILLC)—a group of alumni of the Noyce Leadership Program—to design a new virtual learning opportunity for science center and science engagement professionals. When this new program launches in Summer 2020, alumni of the Diversity and Leadership Development Program will be eligible to apply for reserved spots in a dedicated cohort within this broader program.

Check back to learn more about these new opportunities for alumni!

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