Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management


This research works to understand and identify diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) practices within nonprofits through the examination of museums and public gardens. Museums and public gardens provide a generous example of nonprofit organizations that must dutifully serve the communities which surround them, as well as examine internal practices and structures. As the momentum of the racial justice movement increased in 2020, following horrific tragedies in the U.S., the work around DEAI is more relevant than ever. Through this research, identification of barriers and challenges which prevent organizations from doing DEAI work is examined. This research is carried out by consolidating information from varying sources through a literature review and a series of expert interviews. The end result of this study is a two-part model for sustaining DEAI work within an organization, as well as providing a kicking off point for starting DEAI practices. The main components in the structural model are the foundational work needed to begin the work, pillars that will strengthen and support the work, and policies, procedures, mission and values that will create overarching support and guidance for DEAI work. Suggested practices, as well as identified barriers, are identified and discussed further.