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: Sean Butler, OHR; Karen Carter, OFI (Chair); Sulema Castro, NZP, Center for Conservation and Sustainability; Elizabeth Bugbee, SA; Gordon Bullock, OFI; Nicole Bryner, NMAAHC; Tamsen DeWitt, NZP; Omar Eaton-Martinez, NMAH; Ashley Grady, AP; Wayne Kehoe, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center; Emily Key, SLC; Geri Provost-Lyons, NPG; Jill Norwood, NMAI; Shahin Nemazee, OEEMA; Martha Schloetzer, NGA, and Eric Woodard, OFI.
For more information or to join our group, contact Karen Carter.
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
On February 24, 2017, the Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Harman Center for the Arts held the DC Theater Collaboration Intern and Apprentice Fair. Aimed at providing opportunities and information regarding internships and apprenticeships in the arts, a panel of six professionals held an open discussion followed by a Q&A session. Attendees were also able to meet with over fifteen performing arts and cultural organizations after the panel. Coordinated by Wynsor Taylor from Washington Performing Arts and Mattie Schloetzer from National...read more
On January 11, 2017, American University students participating in the school’s annual Class to Career Conference spent their morning at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). During this time, they heard from five speakers: four members of the Smithsonian’s Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) and one speaker from the National Gallery of Art. Smithsonian speakers Karen Carter, Omar Eaton-Martinez, Geri Provost-Lyons, and Sean Butler, along with Martha Schloetzer...read more
On Friday November 18, 2016, the CAREERS and the disABLED Career Expo took place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event allows federal agencies and other potential employers to speak with disabled professionals, with an emphasis on disabled military veterans who want to reenter the workforce. The Smithsonian Institution was glad to be there to speak to the many experienced and passionate professionals. SI representatives Shahin Nemazee (OEEMA), Ashley Grady (AP), Sean Butler & Regina Anderson (OHR), and...read more
Geri Provost-Lyons, Docent and Intern Programs Manager at the National Portrait Gallery and Sean Butler, OHR Diversity and Recruitment Specialist attended the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) 9th Annual Conference on Monday 10/24/16 and Tuesday 10/25/16. The HBCU Career Development Marketplace is a national conference designed in 2004 to inform and educate top undergraduate students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities about how to achieve success in corporate America. During this national conference, roughly...read more
For the fourth consecutive year SI Academic Appointment Diversity and Public Taskforce (AADAPT) had a pan-institutional presence at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) annual conference. This year was special as it marked HACU’s 30th anniversary and the conference was held at HACU’s headquarters in San Antonio, Texas between Saturday 10/8/16 and Monday 10/10/16. Smithsonian Institution (SI) staff who attended this conference included Karen Carter (OFI), Geri-Provost Lyons (NPG), Omar Eaton-Martinez (NMAH), Emily...read more
Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Program Manager Pam Hudson-Veenbaas attended the Student Success Guides Club at Montgomery College last week. During the visit Montgomery College students had an opportunity to learn about various internship and fellowship opportunities offered by the Smithsonian. Thank you for inviting us, Montgomery College!read more
On Tuesday 9/20/16, a career conference was held at the University of the District of Columbia, which is the only public university in D.C. and one of only a few urban-land grant universities in the country. Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art representatives were there to table to highlight all the opportunities the Smithsonian has to offer. Representatives from the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art were glad to have an opportunity to meet so many UDC...read more
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities convened the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference, which ran from Sunday 10/22/16 to Wednesday 10/26/16. The conference consisted of seminars, meetings, and meet and greets; United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch even spoke at the conference on Tuesday. Smithsonian representatives attended in order to highlight SI internship and fellowship opportunities to HBCU students and faculty. With over 100 historically black colleges and universities in attendance, we...read more
For three weeks, beginning August 16 and ending September 1, 2016, ten high school students from Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA took part in an externship program at the Smithsonian Institution through the Office of Fellowships and Internships. The program was sponsored in part by the 4-H Youth Development Alexandria Cooperative Extension under the leadership of Reginald Morris. Lead by Karen Carter, the students met weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and experienced a variety behind-the-scenes tours,...read more