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Chris Taylor

Minnesota Historical Society
Director, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Chris Taylor blends passion for History and Diversity and Inclusion work in his job as the Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Minnesota Historical Society. His work in Diversity Outreach during the first 8 years of his career focused on building relationships with communities typically underrepresented within museum staff and audience. This work also emphasized increasing staff diversity in museums by developing a strategy of engaging emerging museum professionals with multiple opportunities to prepare for careers in the field. His work in Diversity outreach has lead to the creation of the Department of Inclusion and Community Engagement, created in 2014, which develops internal and external strategies for Diversity and Inclusion throughout the museums and Historic sites operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. The goal of the department is to create a more inclusive organization that serves the needs of all of Minnesota’s diverse communities and reflects the diversity of the state within the staff within the Society’s internal structures.
Chris holds an undergraduate degree with a double major in Social Studies and Secondary Education from the University of St. Thomas, and earned a Master’s of Arts degree from the Cooperstown Graduate program for Museum Studies with an emphasis on Museum Education. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in Organization Development at the University of St. Thomas.