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Equity and Inclusion Committee


Committee Description

Purpose:
To pursue strategic avenues that will improve equity and inclusion in AIC membership and programs. This work is intended to support the AIC’s Core Value of Equity and Inclusion

AIC is committed to the premise that the preservation of cultural heritage is inseparable from our belief that the creative achievements and histories of all peoples must be acknowledged and honored. Through our support of all conservation and heritage professionals, we actively strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment in which all members of our community are valued and respected.

Composition and Rotation:
The committee is composed of seven (7) members. Members serve staggered three-year terms, with the option to renew for a second term. New members are solicited by the committee from the AIC membership. In order to achieve a diverse committee, considerations will be given to candidates’ characteristics, backgrounds, experience, and how candidates may complement the current committee members.  The committee works with an AIC Board Liaison and an F/AIC Staff Liaison.

The AIC Board reviews and approves the committee’s recommendations for new members. The committee is led by co-chairs who are appointed by the committee. Each co-chair serves for one three-year term.


Standing Charge:
The Equity & Inclusion Committee will work in concert with the AIC Board and staff on six main areas of focus, encompassing both short- and long-term goals. The committee is guided by the AIC board-approved “Recommendations for Advancing Equity and Inclusion in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: A Report to the Board of Directors” and by the committee’s strategic plan.  The committee’s strategic plan should be revised at least every 5 years.  The targets of the committee’s work are aimed principally at increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) within AIC and the wider conservation field.  The committee’s responsibilities are:

  • To foster an inclusive and welcoming organizational culture within AIC
  • To increase DEIA training and resources for AIC members
  • To integrate DEIA into all AIC programs
  • To increase advocacy and partnerships with allied and international professionals
  • To enhance recruitment, growth, and retention practices for under-represented members
  • To ensure sustainability of efforts

Charge revised approved by the AIC Board February 2021.


Committee Leadership

Ms Bianca Garcia
Ms Bianca Garcia
(Chair)
Associate Conservator of Paintings
Balboa Art Conservation Center
San Diego, CA
United States

Ms. Josefina Maldonado
Ms. Josefina Maldonado
(Chair)
Senior Conservation Technician
EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc.
Alexandria, VA
United States

Ms. Anya Dani
Ms. Anya Dani
(Member)
Director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Practice / Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Conservation
UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Ms Anita Dey
Ms Anita Dey
(Member)
Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paper Conservation
Yale Center for British Art
Burtonsville, MD
United States

Ms Samantha Emmanuel
Ms Samantha Emmanuel
(Member)
Wall Painting Conservator
Private Practice
San Jose, CA
United States

Miss Kayla Henry-Griffin
Miss Kayla Henry-Griffin
(Member)
Student
NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program
New York, NY
United States

Kristin Holder
Kristin Holder
(Member)
Research Scholar
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
United States

Ms. Rebecca Anne Rushfield
Ms. Rebecca Anne Rushfield
(Member)
Conservator
Flushing, NY
United States

Ms. Molly C. Gleeson
Ms. Molly C. Gleeson
(Board Liaison)
Schwartz Project Conservator
Penn Museum
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Ms Katelin Lee
Ms Katelin Lee
(Staff Liaison)
Outreach Coordinator
American Institute for Conservation/Foundation for Advancement in Conservation
Washington, DC
United States