The Interpretation Department of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights supports the institution’s mission through the development, implementation and evaluation of unique experiences with the intention to inspire empowerment. Our definition of empowerment is a dynamic and gradual process in which people acquire knowledge, develop competencies and take action.
INTERPRETATION DEPARTMENT'S VISION
To be internationally recognized as conveners for discussions about civil and human rights.
We believe that the Interpretation Department of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will empower our stakeholders—our colleagues and audiences—by centering our work on these principles:
- Advocating for people. We are committed to advocating for our colleagues, program participants, visitors and potential visitors. We will promote and support what we believe to be the best interests of the individuals and groups that The Center serves or could serve.
- Advocating for education. We are committed to lifelong learning for all of our stakeholders and to remaining current on best practices, trends, professional development and theory in our fields.
- Communicating effectively and using appropriate tools, methodologies and educational strategies for each unique audience.
- Increasing accessibility through consciously making efforts to remove barriers in audience participation.
- Listening, gathering stories and inviting more voices to the table in order to best articulate our complex issues.
- Providing a safe space for dialogue while acknowledging and discussing controversial issues.
- Striving for innovation in our field of museum education.
- Being accountable for the evaluation of our impact.
- Recognizing and honoring the complexity of individual stories as we continue to acknowledge ever-increasing awareness.
- Serving the public by encouraging all people to participate in The Center—in our physical location and beyond our walls. We believe that it is the Interpretation Department’s responsibility to actively search for the intersection of diverse perspectives.