Inclusive Object Toolkit

Re-Making Knowledge in Museums and Universities

Diversity Leadership Council

Diversity Leadership Council 

Comprised of students, faculty, and staff from all divisions of Johns Hopkins, the DLC works to help Hopkins achieve its goals of diversity and inclusion.



Diversity and inclusion has become a byword in universities and museums. How might we apply such thinking to the ways we research and present objects? This toolkit sets cultural canons and canonicity as a problem, and examines the pressures these exert on academic disciplines and curatorial practices. It shares the perspectives and questions of museum visitors as well as undergraduate students. And it highlights efforts and experiments in the academy and the museum to build more critical cultural narratives. 

Funded by a Teaching Innovation Grant from the Center for Educational Resources (CER), this toolkit was created to spark conversation in collections-based teaching and learning, offer historical background to some of the practices that both museums and academic disciplines take for granted, and share a variety of perspectives on them. The toolkit also includes a repository of case studies that all are welcome to replicate or re-use. It is far from comprehensive. Please contact if you have content to share/add to the toolkit.

Terms and Terminology

Communities of Practice

Starting Resources

Unpacking Social Exclusion and Social Justice in the Museum

Step 1: Consider Richard Sandell's Typology of Social Exclusion in the Museum (image below). Make a list of which museum resources are implicated in each category

Step 2: Make a list of existing museum initiatives that respond to each category of exclusion

Step 3: Imagine how you might take this farther

Step 4: Check the slideshow for a model!

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko gives a TED talk on decolonizing the museum.