Live Panel Sessions

Bring your questions to these live, interactive panel discussions around timely industry topics.

Tuesday, November 2

DEAI: Critical Reflections on Museum Employment Pathways

As museums seek to become more inclusive and reflective of the diversities found within their communities, an essential step is making improvements and/or expanding museum employment pathways (or “pipelines”). How are museums and higher education institutions attracting, training, supporting, and promoting a more diverse next generation of museum professionals? How are they creating a workforce and culture that is inclusive? Join us for a moderated conversation featuring panelists from the public history program and DEAI efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, board members of the Chippewa Valley Museum, and staff from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Panelists will discuss their work in recruiting and developing museum workers and public historians – particularly those who are non-white – and the successes and pitfalls of those efforts.


  • (Moderator) Jennifer Van Haaften,  Assistant Director, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI – Prior to her work at at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Jennifer Van Haaften was in senior leadership roles for over 25 years and created and directed visitor experiences and educational programs at both living and traditional history museums. She holds an MA in Historical Administration at Eastern Illinois University and an MPhil in history from the University of Manchester, UK.
  • Raquel Aguiñaga Martinez,  Registrar / Encargada de Registro, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL – Since the mid-1990s, Raquel Aguiñaga-Martinez has assisted in coordinating all exhibitions at the National Museum of Mexican Art, including the annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition.  Mrs. Aguiñaga-Martinez holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
  • Cheryl Jiménez Frei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Public History Program, Affiliate, Latin American & Latinx Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI – Dr. Cheryl Jiménez Frei’s research specializations are in memory and the built environment, visual culture, oral history, and digital history. Her work has been published in the Journal of Latin American StudiesThe Public Historian, and Collections: A Journal for Museum & Archive Professionals. She is a core member of the WI Latinx History Collective and recipient of the 2021 WI Historical Society Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation, for the Western Wisconsin COVID-19 Archive
  • Dr. Heather Ann Moody, Enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Associate Professor, American Indian Studies Program, Advisor, Inter-Tribal Student Council, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI – Dr. Heather Ann Moody holds a Master of Arts degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, a Certificate of Museum Studies from UW-Milwaukee, and an Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her work centers around her background in teaching and learning in relation to the incorporation of accurate American Indian curriculum in K-12 and beyond. Dr. Moody leads Domestic Intercultural Immersion experiences to Native communities, is a co-advisor for the Inter-Tribal Student Council, and serves in numerous capacities on campus regarding equity, diversity and inclusion including serving as the co-chair for the UWEC EDI Strategic Plan Committee and the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice. She is also in her second term serving on the Board of Directors for the Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Christian Øverland,  Ruth and Hartley Barker Director & CEO, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI – Prior to his current role at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Christian W. Øverland was the Executive Vice President & Chief Historian at The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan. He has consulted with many museums throughout his 30-year plus museum career and holds a M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Wednesday, November 3

Details coming soon!