About

Are you an Emerging Museum Professional? If you are in the first ten years of your museum career in Ontario, then GOEMP is for you.

GOEMP is represented by the GOEMP Committee, who act as a voice and a resource for the GOEMP community, providing programming, communications, and resources both digitally and in-person, fostering a supportive, professional network among Ontario’s EMPs.

GOEMP started in 2013 as an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA), and since then, opportunities such as networking events and conference activities have been offered for emerging professionals. For more information about GOEMP and our partnership with the OMA, visit the OMA Website.

Purpose

To provide a voice for, empower, support, and create a community of emerging museum professionals within Ontario’s museum sector, the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP). The Committee will continue to partner with the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and work to foster new partnerships within the museum sector. Committee members will advocate for emerging museum professionals, providing a strong, coherent voice for the community.

Mandate

The Committee will act as a voice and a resource for the GOEMP community, providing programming, communications, and resources both digitally and in-person, fostering a supportive, professional network among Ontario’s EMPs, and executing networking and advocacy events in partnership with the OMA and other organizations.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Feedback is welcomed by the GOEMP Committee, and engaging in conversations both in person and online is also appreciated, particularly when done in a respectful manner. We encourage anyone and everyone to approach the Committee on issues and/or concerns they have regarding the museological field.

We would like to acknowledge that Diversity and Inclusion encompasses many identities, both visible and invisible, including but not limited to: ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, language, and location. We would also like to acknowledge that tackling a lack of representation in any field is more effective when this work takes place in an intersectional manner across all levels of a sector (both internal and external). We wish to state that we do not claim to speak for or to represent the wonderfully unique diversity of the entire Ontario EMP community. Rather we aim to advocate for this community and provide tools to enable anyone and everyone in the Ontario EMP community to advocate for themselves and have their voices heard.

Important, ongoing conversations in the museum field have prompted an inward look and provided opportunities to see where we can all do better. The GOEMP Committee will include a Diversity and Inclusion statement for all future recruitment and will endeavour to actively connect with the various diverse communities working in the Ontario museum field during all recruitment periods. Furthermore, GOEMP Committee members will continue to participate in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives such as the Ontario Museum Association’s Inclusive Museum Leadership’s working group and the Canadian Museum Association’s LGBTQ2+ Inclusion in Canadian Museums initiatives. We are eager to continue to help work towards a more diverse and inclusive field for all.

Updated April 18, 2018

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