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DIE D.E.I.: A Discussion on the Horrors of Institutional Inclusion

Organized by Jen Delos Reyes and Astria Suparak
Co-hosted by Stop DiscriminAsian and Museums Moving Forward
Live on Zoom. ASL interpretation available.
Oct. 15, 2022, 5pm EST / 2pm PST


Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a practice. Equity is the goal. But what happens when diverse staff are hired into toxic institutions and then expected to somehow solve the problems by serving on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees? Or when institutions engage in performative programming without cultural competency? And when diversity hires are made at museums, galleries, universities, and organizations that have not worked toward meaningful cultural change or real equity?  

Join members of SDA and invited guests Rashayla Marie Brown, Michele Carlson, May Maylisa Cat, and Justin Seiji Waddell for a virtual haunted house of the horrors of D.E.I. in cultural institutions where we will examine some of the horrific and harmful practices around DEI, while making a case for better ways to approach this necessary work. Attendees can choose to participate in the conversation by sharing their own experiences to be workshopped by the panel.

“DIE D.E.I: A Discussion on the Horrors of Institutional Inclusion
is co-hosted by Stop DiscriminAsian and Museums Moving Forward, with support from the Ford Foundation and graphic design by June Ahn. It is the sequel to “MATCHING MINORITIES//DOUBTFUL DOUBLES: A conversation on institutionalized racism, tokenism, microaggressions, and inclusion vs. optics in the art world,” a session organized in 2020 by Stop DiscriminAsian members Astria Suparak and Jen Delos Reyes. 





  • Section 1: Introductions: Astria Suparak, Jen Delos Reyes (00:03)
  • Section 2: Panelist presentations & Polls: Michele Carlson, Rashayla Marie Brown, May Maylisa Cat, Justin Seiji Waddell (11:05
  • Section 3: Workshopping (54:38)