Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy Students Meet with CHM Leaders
Rachel Hatch | Public Communications Manager | 312-799-2161 | [email protected]
On Thursday, November 14, 2019 students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy met with six members of the Chicago History Museum’s staff and leadership to share their concerns regarding Latinx representation in the museum and to discuss their petition for change following their visit to the museum in September.
The Chicago History Museum thanks the students for proactively pursuing a dialogue through their petition and for leading the discussion at the museum. We also want to express our thanks to the faculty and staff of Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy for supporting the students in their effort to organize this meeting.
The meeting lasted for 2.5 hours as students shared the issues they identified in their petition, which included a demand for better representation of Chicago’s Latinx community’s history in the museum’s galleries and collections, a commitment to share this history on an ongoing basis, and an expectation of an apology from the museum for failing to feature the significant contributions of Chicago’s Latinx community to the city’s history. The students also requested that the museum work with them to develop a pan-Latinx advisory council to help the museum address these issues in consideration of future projects.
Together, the students and the museum staff set a date for a second meeting on December 3 to discuss ways to address the students’ concerns and expectations. The museum welcomes the opportunity to better represent the Latinx community and all of Chicago’s diverse communities.
The Chicago History Museum regrets that these students did not find satisfying representations of Chicago’s Latinx community in the museum and we apologize for not having done a better job of sharing stories of this community and its significant contributions to the city’s history. The Chicago History Museum’s mission is to share Chicago stories and we are always seeking to improve and learn from the communities we hope to serve. We are excited by the opportunity to continue to work with these students and the faculty and staff of Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy to make positive, authentic change at the museum.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago’s stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.