The University of Michigan Museum of Art will implement antiracism training for all of its staff, including gift shop employees.
In its statement announcing an “ongoing commitment to anti-racist action and a more inclusive museum,” the UMMA explained that “Being actively anti-racist is much more than being ‘not a racist.’
“In a society that privileges white people and whiteness, racism is embedded and reinforced throughout our media, culture, social systems, and institutions,” said the statement. “Being an actively anti-racist museum means identifying those inequities in our structures, ideas, behaviors, systems, and policies and changing them so that they are equitable for all people.”
In order to address its alleged structural racism, the UMMA announced a series of reforms and policies to increase equity at the museum.