Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums
SPRING 2017 VIRTUAL SPECIAL ISSUE
Guest Editors: Vivian Haga and Naomi Ostwald Kawamura
In thinking about MER’s strategic goals, the upcoming 2017 AAM conference and what is relevant to museum professionals, we are excited to offer a virtual issue that highlights our past articles as it relates to the AAM conference theme “Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums.”
We write this as two museum professionals, colleagues, and MER Board members. Beyond this, we write this as two Asian-American women, children of immigrants, and both now experiencing life as new immigrants (Vivian in Japan and Naomi in Canada). The outsider experience is one that we both navigate and one that we both feel has relevance to the interrelated issues of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion. We brought this experience forward as we made our selection of articles for this Special Issue.