Michelle M Rivera F'17
Public Fellows 2017
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Appointed as Public Engagement Manager for Diversity and Inclusion, The Field Museum
For nearly 125 years, The Field Museum has been dedicated to fostering a world rich in biological and cultural diversity through scientific discovery. It inspires curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be and how humans can protect its future. Through interdisciplinary research, collections, exhibitions, and programs, The Field Museum advances knowledge, encourages learning, and leads environmental conservation. The Public Engagement Manager will join a Field Museum team dedicated to ensuring Museum communications and engagement efforts reflect the diversity of Chicago's people by establishing strategies for enriching the relationship between the Museum and local communities and partner organizations. The appointment at The Field will have two phases. The first phase will consist of research, assessment, and reporting. The manager will be charged with reviewing existing Field Museum community partnerships and engagement initiatives, researching best practices in diversity and inclusion, and creating an integrated and strategic report of results. During the second phase, the manager will work with multiple departments within the Museum toward implementing the recommendations based on institutional priorities. The manager will assess and advance ongoing work that includes internship programs for Chicago youth, exhibition co-curation and creative placemaking projects with local artists, asset-mapping and quality-of-life research with community partners, and ticketing and membership programs for low-income residents.