Our Leadership

 

Search for contact information in the online member directory.


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, with one member being an AIC Fellow and two to serve as liaisons to the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) and the Education and Training Committee (ETC). 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.

The AIC board reviews and approves the committee’s recommendations for new members. The first chair of the new committee is a member of the Equity & Inclusion Working Group and is appointed by the AIC board for a three-year term. Thereafter, the committee chair is appointed by the committee, with AIC board approval, and serves for one three-year term.

Standing Charge

The Equity & Inclusion Committee seeks to meet four targets, encompassing both short- and long-term goals, by working in concert with the AIC board and staff. 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.”  With the targets aimed principally at increasing racial and cultural diversity within the conservation field, the committee’s responsibilities are:

  • To develop internal engagement and education processes or resources
  • 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

Committee Leadership

Ms. Anisha Gupta
Ms. Anisha Gupta
(Chair)
Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials/Equity & Inclusion Committee Co-chair
American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Ms. Jennifer Hain Teper
Ms. Jennifer Hain Teper
(Chair)
Head, Preservation Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Urbana, IL
United States

Ms. Anya Dani
Ms. Anya Dani
(Member)
Objects Conservator
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Onna-son, 01
Japan

Mx Nora S Frankel
Mx Nora S Frankel
(Member)
Textile Conservator in Private Practice
Baltimore, MD
United States

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

Ms. Ronel YL Namde
Ms. Ronel YL Namde
(Member)
Associate Conservator of Photographs
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, CA
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