A message to our community
Dear Friends of the Perot Museum,
The past two weeks have powerfully affirmed that racial injustice remains an open wound, and that the global call for healing and fundamental equity must be heard and acted upon. As our most dedicated and supportive visitors, I want to take a moment to share how we at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science have been processing this pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
First, I want to emphasize that the Perot Museum stands unified with these voices and shares the conviction that the status quo cannot – and should not – hold. With this in mind, we have been meeting with employees and soliciting feedback through other forums to earnestly ask: How can the Perot Museum help repair the breach, and what can we do within our own four walls and in the surrounding community to increase inclusiveness and more vividly animate our values? And, specifically, how can we more purposefully and effectively positively impact Black communities?
While there are no quick or easy answers to these questions, we’ve already begun to carve out the path ahead – starting with honestly assessing our own progress. Thus, as the Museum emerges from these unprecedented times, we will continue listening to our guests, employees, other stakeholders – and most importantly – to those outside the Museum who reflect our city’s wonderful diversity. We have formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force to facilitate this work and lend structure to the serious work of building change from within. We further pledge to re-examine programming and accelerate the work of diversifying our Board, senior leadership, and hiring across all staff levels.
The goal is more than an abstract ideal: We firmly believe our mission depends on clear alignment between the Perot Museum and the vibrant North Texas community we serve. Success in this respect also means we do our part to more purposefully address the broader challenge of underrepresentation of Black individuals in the STEM workforce. This is a discrepancy we cannot solve on our own, but one we can certainly tackle proactively and from a position of leadership. We will listen. We will learn. We will act.
The Perot Museum is united in the work ahead. And we are profoundly grateful to have a community of supporters and advisors, like you, that share our belief that a more compassionate and empathetic future will benefit us all.