Member Spotlight:


Barbara Johnson Stemler Director, Access Initiatives Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Barbara Johnson Stemler oversees accessible programs and resources for children and adults with disabilities as the Director of Access Initiatives at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. These educational programs serve diverse audiences, including current and former military service members and visitors who are blind or partially sighted, Deaf or hard-of-hearing, as well as individuals who have autism, intellectual disabilities, mobility restrictions, dementia, and behavioral challenges.

She is on the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) steering committee and actively participates in the NYCMER Access Peer Group.

Barbara earned her M.S. Ed. at Bank Street College of Education, specializing in Museum Education and Special Education. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, where she also completed a NY State teacher certification program for Childhood General and Special Education. She is currently enrolled in a Change Leadership certification program through Cornell University. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Developing Intentional Policies, Programs, and Practices to Cultivate Racially Diverse Leadership

Where: Museum of Chinese in America
215 Center St.
New York, New York

When:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

How can we, as representatives of the museum field, transform organizational culture and practice to invest in the growth and leadership of a racially diverse staff? NYCMER invites you to join us for a thoughtful and productive evening, in which we will examine tangible ways cultural institutions can more effectively support, invest in, and advance people of color within their organizations.


This program will be led by professionals currently working in different capacities to address these issues and affect change. Jennifer Rutledge will speak to her work as a consultant, focusing on how organizations can implement policies and practices that both encourage and provide opportunities for diverse leadership. Priya Mohabir will share her extensive experience managing youth development programs and initiatives at NYSCI, including her work with the Science Career Ladder.


Following presentations, we will move into a panel discussion moderated by Hannah Heller. Together we will consider how we can effectively engage multiple sectors of the museum field to foster a representative and diverse workforce for the future.


MOCA’s galleries will remain open until the start of the program. Participants are welcome to arrive early to explore the museum.


Jennifer Rutledge: Jennifer M. Rutledge is Partner/Vice President of Delphi Consultants, Inc. located in White Plains, New York. Jennifer has over 30 years practical, broad based experience in providing assistance to the boards and staff of various types of organizations. She has in-depth experience in the design and delivery of all types of formal and informal training programs and developmental processes. Jennifer has trained staff, board members, trainers, and other facilitators in all three sectors in a variety of areas. She has also designed leadership development, career development, and diversity-related processes, initiatives and programs, most of which have been introduced throughout entire organizations/companies. Jennifer was one of two consultants that helped design AAM’s New Visions Process through their Excellence and Equity and MAP Assessment programs.


Priya Mohabir: Priya Mohabir has been with New York Hall of Science for 18 years, starting as an Explainer – a floor facilitator – and working her way to up to lead NYSCI’s youth development initiatives. Priya’s experience as an Explainer shaped her outlook on the countless possibilities of making STEM education exciting for children as she was climbing NYSCI’s Science Career Ladder. With this experience as a foundation, Priya has grown into a leader at NYSCI, contributing in numerous capacities. In July 2014, Priya became the Director of the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists where she produces and leads youth development initiatives, crafts strategy to ensure the Center’s sustainability, and oversees all aspects of the Career Ladder. As the current Vice President of Youth Development, Priya continues to lead the creation and research of programs and activities that allow youth across NYC to see STEM as a potential career pathway.


Hannah Heller: Hannah Heller is an NYC based museum educator, and has taught and worked on research and evaluation projects in several cultural institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Art & Art Education program at Teachers College, and holds a MA in Museum Education from Tufts University. Her research interests include developing orientations towards social justice through close looking at art; she believes art can play an active and healing role, especially when addressing difficult topics such as race and racism in a group setting. You can follow her on Twitter @museum_matters, and check out her most recent writing on Whiteness and Museum Education.


All public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. NYCMER is committed to providing opportunities for all of our members to participate in our programs and engage with one another. Should you require any accessibility services, please contact by Wednesday, March 7, 2018.


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