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.

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Newsroom, Pelosi Announces Appointments to Smithsonian Board of Regents (January 23, 2019): “Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced the appointment of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California and the reappointment of Congresswoman Doris Matsui of California to serve on the governing Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.”

NBC News, A California family’s donation leads to the Smithsonian’s first permanent Latino gallery (December 06, 2018): “The introduction of the new gallery comes months after the release of a report titled “Invisible No More,” from UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, which found that the Smithsonian failed to act on recommendations from the Institution’s 1994 report that would increase Latino representation across its institute. One of these recommendations included working with Congress to launch a new Latino museum.”

Hyperallergic, UCLA Study Holds Smithsonian Accountable for Better Institutional Latino Representation (October 03, 2018): “On September 10, the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) released a report forcefully titled ‘Invisible No More.’ The study, carried out with the UCLA Latino Politics and Policy Initiative, evaluates current Latino representation at the Smithsonian Institution, which, as you might have gleaned from the title, is not looking so good.”

The Beat DC, Hispanic lawmakers request meeting with Smithsonian after report finds lack of Latino visibility (October 01, 2018): “A recent report from UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative found the Smithsonian has failed to act on most of the recommendations made in a 1994 report, including working with Congress to launch a new Latino Smithsonian museum.”

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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