ADDRESSING EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN INFORMAL STEM INSTITUTIONS: THE iPAGE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM | Science Museum of Minnesota

ADDRESSING EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN INFORMAL STEM INSTITUTIONS: THE iPAGE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Science House Professional Development Group invites you to join the iPAGE Leadership Community.

iPAGE is the Science Museum of Minnesota’s leadership program for informal STEM institution (ISI) professionals from across the United States. Dedicated to supporting diversity, promoting inclusion, increasing access, and achieving equity in the ISI sector, iPAGE is designed to help leaders bring about meaningful and lasting institutional change. This transformative program has been developed and refined through multiple awards from the National Science Foundation.

iPAGE: Developing a Model for Broadening Participation in Informal STEM Institutions is an NSF AISL Innovation in Development Project (NSF award #1612640).

Science House Professional Development

During iPAGE, you will join fellow ISI leaders and the iPAGE facilitation team in exploring critical questions about leading in complex systems and bringing about new behaviors and actions in your context. You and your colleagues will develop skills in systems thinking; practice strategies for facilitating highly productive teamwork and collaboration; and examine the relationships between identity, systems of oppression, institutional culture, power, and status.

Since inception, 23 teams of ISI leaders from across the United States have participated in iPAGE and its pilot, PAGE-National. They have become part of a powerful community that capitalizes on the collective wisdom of different geographic regions, institutional missions, and institution sizes. Leaders include presidents and CEOs, vice presidents, directors, managers, and coordinators from a wide variety of departments including marketing, development, exhibits, education, human resources, and research.

iPAGE is transformative. As one ISI leader put it:

“Throughout the course of the program, I have become a leader and champion for change related to equity work at my ISI. It’s no longer because of my position, but because people in the institution feel that I’m supporting them in ways they are advancing EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion) work, and I’m able to reinforce it as a lens in almost every discussion.”

Erin Graham, Chief Operating Officer
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)


iPage highlights

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What our tables look like in the thick of participant engagement.
What our tables look like in the thick of participant engagement.

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Group Exercise with Hula Hoops to Understand Systems and Functions.

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Group Exercise with Hula Hoops to Understand Systems and Functions

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Writing an End-of-Day Reflection Graphic Diagram of the iPAGE Institute

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Knowledge–to-Action Processes

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Participant Notebook
Participant Notebook

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Writing an End-of-Day Reflection
Writing an End-of-Day Reflection

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Participant notebook page
Participant notebook page

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Using a silent technique called “graffiti boarding” to explore beliefs and concepts about wealth, poverty, and classism.
Using a silent technique called “graffiti boarding” to explore beliefs and concepts about wealth, poverty, and classism.

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Developing and sharing questions structured around The Art of the Focused Conversation in the exhibit RACE: Are we so different?
Developing and sharing questions structured around The Art of the Focused Conversation in the exhibit RACE: Are we so different?

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Accepting the Flower’s Invitation after the Iroquois Opening Address
Accepting the Flower’s Invitation after the Iroquois Opening Address

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Participants in Science House working in professional affinity groups preparing their presentations.
Participants in Science House working in professional affinity groups preparing their presentations.

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Using Legos to Explore and contrast simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problems and implications for leadership.
Using Legos to Explore and contrast simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problems and implications for leadership.

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Engaging in a groupwork exercise, called Epstein’s Rocket, about productive group behaviors including conciseness, listening, reflecting, and hearing from everyone.
Engaging in a groupwork exercise, called Epstein’s Rocket, about productive group behaviors including conciseness, listening, reflecting, and hearing from everyone.
(One participant is keeping time as people are talking; in this stage of the exercise, no one can speak for more than 15 seconds per turn. This is hard.)

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Engaged in a dyad, a technique for focused listening and talking.
Engaged in a dyad, a technique for focused listening and talking.

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“Squaring the Circle”  Groupwork exercise in solving complex problems and practicing group norms to do so
“Squaring the Circle” Groupwork exercise in solving complex problems and practicing group norms to do so
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