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Centering Cultural Competency

Friday, October 6, 2023

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Join three museum leaders to learn about and discuss how to commit to Cultural Competency, a framework to mitigate organizational bias through immersive learning experiences. Presenters will share strategies that improve internal operations, cultural awareness, knowledge, understanding, and cultural literacy. Discussion will focus on commitment to growth, how to cultivate a sense of belonging within our institutions, and implementing actions that address public discontent with diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice.


Dr. Georgette Grier-Key

Executive Director and Chief Curator

Eastville Community Historical Society

Victoria Berger

Executive Director

Suffolk County Historical Society

Saladin Allah

Director of Community Engagement

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

Dr. Georgette Grier-Key is Vice President of the Museum Association of New York and serves on the board of the Preservation League of New York State. Dr. Grier- Key is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY Medgar Evers College and the director of the Long Island History Institute at SUNY Nassau Community College. She is the executive director and chief curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor and has worked in various museums, historical societies, and service organizations with a focus on organizational sustainability. A historian, preservationist, and curator, she uses her skills and experience as an organizer and activist to further the agenda of inclusion in traditional frameworks that have practiced institutional and structural exclusion.

Victoria Berger is the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Historical Society where she shares her more than 25 years of experience in corporate and non-profit museum leadership. As Director, she has led her museum through an inspiring rebranding and reawakening, with renovations and expansions of the museum’s physical space, while expanding audiences and engagement in the community they serve. With a strong vision of “unity in community,” she guides her museum through multiple exhibits, programs, and partnerships each year, tripling their museum’s visitation since her appointment in 2016.

Saladin Allah is the third-great grandson of underground railroad forerunner Josiah Henson, an educator, and founder of the Atlantis School For Gifted Youngsters. He has authored twenty-three books, and is a featured historian in the IMAX film ‘Into America’s Wild’ narrated by Morgan Freeman, and ‘Enslaved’ executive produced/starring Samuel L. Jackson. Saladin is the Director of Community Engagement at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, Public Art Coordinator for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.


MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have ASL interpretation provided by Interpretek.

Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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