Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Learn To See Clearly

Removing Blind Spots From Organizational Behaviors

Regrettably, this workshop has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest.

Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Sheraton
Speakers: Chris Taylor, Minnesota Historical Society

Increasing diversity is crucial to the sustainability of all tourism and cultural institutions. This workshop focuses on understanding the relationship between organizational culture and unconscious bias, and how this relationship can derail inclusion efforts within institutions, as well as affect public outreach and programming efforts. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how blind spots have become embedded in our behaviors, practices, and organizational policies. Participants will examine bias within their own institutions and learn ways to move unconscious bias to conscious bias to mitigate effects on inclusion efforts. This is a hands-on, participatory learning opportunity. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring current organizational policies with them to the workshop to examine during group discussions. Two representatives per organization are encouraged to attend.


Chris Taylor is director of inclusion and community engagement for the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), where he coordinates programs aimed at sustained engagement of diverse communities, cultivates and supports relationships with community organizations, and works to increase training and professional development for staff related to cultural competence and inclusion. Taylor also teaches courses at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. He has worked to develop strategic partnerships between those institutions and the MHS; has developed and taught curricula aimed at encouraging undergraduates to explore careers in education, museums, and public history; and has sought to increase the diversity of students enrolled in these courses. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in Museum Education from Cooperstown Graduate Program.