Creating a 21st​ Century Conservation Ethics Framework

Includes a Live Event on 03/11/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

March 11, 2021 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
$19 registration fee, maximum 50 participants

Interested individuals must apply to participate in the workshop. Applications are due January 22, 2021. See "Application Information" tab for details.

This interactive workshop will allow participants to further evaluate conservation’s ethical framework through a critical lens. Participants will be led through discussions of topics brought up in the Social Justice and Conservation webinar series such as how choices conservators make regarding neutrality, decolonization, communities, and public monuments have real effects on people. The facilitator will help participants reimagine what a more equitable conservation field could look like if we included marginalized communities and recognized our own biases. Participants will leave with tools that can be applied to their own practice and tips on how to educate their coworkers and clients on the topics that were discussed, thereby also helping to further disseminate the knowledge.

The workshop will take place on Zoom and captions will be available for those who choose to use them.

Interested individuals must apply to participate in the workshop. Applications are due January 22, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their application status within three weeks of the application deadline. Students selected to participate in the workshop will be offered complimentary registration when notified of their acceptance.

Fifty participants will be selected with an effort to include a diverse group in terms of background, career stage, geographic location, and specialty. Applications will also be evaluated based on the criteria for review below. Applicants from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Criteria for Review:

  • Interest in the workshop topic
  • Commitment to social justice in cultural heritage conservation
  • Plan to disseminate knowledge and skills gained from the workshop
  • Preference may be given to applicants from under-represented or under-served groups


The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is able to provide pre-program and graduate students complimentary registration for this workshop thanks to a donation make by an anonymous donor in honor of Peggy Ellis. Students selected to participate in the workshop will be offered complimentary registration when notified of their acceptance. No further action is required.

This program is supported by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation Endowment for Professional Development. FAIC was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and its friends. Programs are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course. FAIC relies on your contributions to support these and its many other programs. Learn more about donating to the foundation here.

Additional support for this program was provided by AIC's Book and Paper Group (BPG), Object Specialty Group (OSG), and Research and Technical Studies (RATS). Thank you to AIC's Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) and Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) for assisting with the organization of this program.

Dina Bailey


Mountain Top Vision

Dina Bailey is the CEO of Mountain Top Vision, a consulting firm that generates systemic change within organizations so that they can more positively impact their communities and, so, impact the world. Using a unique approach that combines research in empathy, bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion with strategies and techniques from the fields of education, anthropology, and transitional justice, Mountain Top Vision specializes in supporting organizations as they transform themselves into places that consistently center inclusion in decision-making and action. Dina has over 15 years of experience in formal and informal education. Ten years of that time were focused on building deep, authentic community relationships through various dialogic formats at both the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as well as the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Those organizations’ missions tied, the past, present, and future together through the topics of enslavement and civil rights respectively. The remaining five years have been spent in consulting with organizations who more often than not need support in having difficult conversations, about topics that center or intersect with race, with members of their staff and communities. Dina may be reached at and

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