IDEAL Center

IDEAL Center

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Leadership

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s IDEAL Center helps professionals who are serious about equity and inclusion see their world differently and have the abilities, strategies and will to make it more just and open.

Our scientific mindset and research-proven teaching and facilitation practices help participants become agents of change: transforming people, relationships, organizations, and our world.

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SMM’s IDEAL Center is the only diversity and equity professional development organization born from a science learning institution. Our work is grounded in research on equity, teaching and learning, complex systems, organizational change, and more.

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Equity is a practice, a way of living and working, not a specific destination to be reached.  We help you have the courage to envision a positive future for yourself, your organization, your community, your world and to see that equity and inclusion are essential to this vision.

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Our expert facilitators actively create powerful and supportive learning environments because becoming an effective agent of change is hard work. We will equip you with practical tools and strategies to create sustainable and just change for your organization.


Our ability to work with groups of all kinds comes from our extensive experience as adult educators. Whatever your equity goals are, we can help you. 


IDEAL Workshops for Schools, Colleges, and Workplaces

Gain new perspectives on seeing and disrupting disparities and inequities. 

These three to five-day experiences for business, academic, and civic organizations facilitate learning and growth around IDEAL topics with a focus on empowering local and interpersonal action in your organization.

IDEAL Leadership Intensives

Bring about meaningful and lasting institutional change.

These intensive programs are designed specifically for leadership teams in a variety of organizations who want to work together, become change agents, and have a personally and professionally transformative experience.

Equity Labs

One Day, Three Actors, Three Facilitators & Thousands of Variations.

Equity Labs will help you and your team witness and experience typical scenes of privilege, classism, racism, sexism and other systems of oppression as performed by our Equity Labs professional actors. Our expert facilitators will guide your group as you discuss what’s happening, suggest potential interventions, and then see how those interventions play out in real-time.

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