The Smithsonian Institution is a unique entity among the world’s institutions dedicated to science, the arts, and the humanities. No other institution matches its scale, scope, and impact as “the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.” But the Smithsonian is also a profoundly American institution dedicated to preserving and telling our nation’s story. Yet, Latinos remain largely excluded from participation in arts and cultural institutions that tell the American story.

LPPI and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) conducted the first analysis of the Smithsonian Institution’s progress in implementing the ten recommendations from its 1994 report, Willful Neglect, this century.

Update on Latino Representation

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


The Washington Post, ‘The Smithsonian can do more and should do more,’ says advocate for a Latino museum (September 25, 2018): “Just as . . . the largest minority in the country comes to the table, (the Smithsonian) says ‘We can’t do that anymore, we’re going to try something new, to integrate you across the institution,’ ” Chon Noriega, one of the report’s authors, said. “That should be happening anyway. That shouldn’t be the compromise.”

American Latino, New UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative report underscores a continued neglect by the Smithsonian of U.S. Latino History and a lack of commitment to diversity: “UCLA released Invisible No More, the first analysis of the Smithsonian Institution’s progress in implementing the ten recommendations from its 1994 report, Willful Neglect. It found that the Institution failed to execute on 7 of the 10 recommendations.”

Manhattan Times, Invisible No More: Study examines Latino representation at Smithsonian (September 11, 2018): “It appears that all efforts related to the advancement of a U.S. Latino museum have taken place outside of the Smithsonian”, said Sonja Díaz.

WAMU, Latinos Remain Largely Excluded By Smithsonian Institutions, New Report Finds(September 10, 2018): “When you look at leadership, the Smithsonian is on par with other major cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty and the Chicago Art Institute, which have almost no minority leadership or governance,” said Noriega.

Hoy Los Angeles, Aumenta fuerza laboral latina Smithsonian pero continúa bajo el liderazgo (September 10, 2018): “en términos de diversificar el liderazgo y el gobierno, se ha presentado muy poco, casi ningún progreso”, dijo Noriega.

La Opinion Los Angeles, Smithsonian registra mejoras en contratación de latinos pero éstos son ínfimos, según informe (September 10, 2018): “los latinos siguen en gran medida “excluidos” de las entidades que bajo su paraguas narran la historia del país, según denunció este lunes un informe. Se trata del primer “análisis riguroso”,  a cargo de la Universidad de California en Los Angeles (UCLA), la Iniciativa de Políticas Latinas (LPPI), y el Centro de Investigación de Estudios Chicanos (CSRC), que evaluó las medidas de la Institución Smithsonian a raíz de las 10 recomendaciones emitidas en 1994.”

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