Smithsonian Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT)
The Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) is dedicated to increasing diversity in all forms including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, ability, and sexual orientation in Smithsonian Institution’s internships and fellowships.
AADAPT’s pan-institutional team meets quarterly. Members regularly participate in outreach events such as affinity-group conferences and internship/career fairs in Washington, DC and around the country to promote SI academic programs to diverse audiences. To see our calendar of upcoming events, scroll down.
AADAPT’s team members include: Robert Alexander, NMAI; Sean Butler, OHR; Karen Carter, OFI (Chair); Sulema Castro, NZP, Center for Conservation and Sustainability; Elizabeth Bugbee, SA; Gordon Bullock, OFI; Nicole Bryner, NMAAHC; Cynthia Chavez Lamar, NMAI; Tamsen DeWitt, NZP; Omar Eaton-Martinez, NMAH; Ashley Grady, AP; Wayne Kehoe, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center; Emily Key, SLC; Anjali Lalani, NMAAHC; Geri Provost-Lyons, NPG; Andrea Neighbors, APAC; Shahin Nemazee, OEEMA; Martha Schloetzer, NGA, and Eric Woodard, OFI.
For more information or to join our group, contact Karen Carter.
On Tuesday 2/6/18, over 250 students and alumni from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University attended the Arts in the Real World Internship and Career Fair. Members of the Smithsonian’s Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) attended the event to promote careers and internships/fellowships at the Smithsonian. The event was staffed by Anjali Lalani of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Karen Carter of the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) and...read more
Members of the Smithsonian Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) visited Gallaudet University Friday 10/06/17 to talk to students about internship and fellowship opportunities at the Smithsonian. There were several hundred Gallaudet students at the event, and they were especially enthusiastic about the Smithsonian. Smithsonian representatives included Gordon Bullock (OFI), Ashley Grady (AP), and Robert Alexander (NMAI). They were accompanied by National Gallery of Art Fellows and Interns Director Martha Schloetzer...read more
Each year, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY hosts the Student Conference on Conservation Science which is an international event aimed at students, postdocs, and early-career scientists, representing 31 countries and 40 U.S. states, taking part in the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students. Through this event, emerging conservation scientists are provided with opportunities to present and get feedback on their work, gain experience and make contacts to help them launch their careers. ...read more
Every year, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton holds a job fair for DC residents to meet employers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. There, attendees can speak to representatives from a variety of sectors, including non-profits, private businesses, and law enforcement, and take a hold of numerous job opportunities. This year’s Annual Job Fair was held on Wednesday 8/2/17 at the Walter Washington Convention Center. Departments including the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA), the Office of Human Resources (OHR), the...read more
The Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is a charitable and educational organization that works to promote Asian Pacific American interests and leadership in public service careers. To that end, CAPAL held its annual Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Career Fair at the Department of the Interior South this past Friday 7/21/17. The Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) represented the Smithsonian Institution at the event. Program Specialist Gordon Bullock and interns Kathrine Fetizanan and...read more
National Museum of American History, Archives Center Frank Espada Photo Collection Opportunity for two fall 2017 semester internships with stipend. For the Espada Collection project, two interns will focus exclusively on assistance with collection cataloging and processing. The collection consists of photographs and negatives taken by Frank Espada, mostly comprised of images from his most well-known body of work, The Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project; there are several hundred prints and thousands of negatives of Puerto Rican...read more
On Saturday June 10, led by our Secretary, David J. Skorton and Smithsonian GLOBE, over 75 Smithsonian LGBTQ employees, affiliated staff, and allies marched together in the 2017 Capital Pride Parade. Fitting this year’s Capital Pride theme of “Unapologetically Proud,” participants wore colorful t-shirts representing the Smithsonian Institution’s LGBTQ Employees and Allies as they marched through Dupont Circle and along the parade route to 14th Street. The Smithsonian was one of nearly two hundred organizations participating in the parade this...read more
For the past four years, the Smithsonian Institution and the Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) have had a presence at the University of the District of Columbia‘s annual Career Fair. Held in the new UDC Student Center, SI staff again took part in this year’s event held on Thursday 4/6/17 to promote Smithsonian internships, fellowships, and careers. Tamie DeWitt and Dan Weinwurm, both of NZP and Karen Carter of OFI spoke with a large number of UDC students and alumni interested in SI’s many...read more