Resources for Conversations that Matter

Collaborating with a robust network of organizations, as stated in our SITES | Smithsonian Affiliations strategic plan, has a cumulative and sustained impact on the audiences and communities we serve. Fostering conversations on questions that matter to communities is part of implementing our goal of advancing inclusion and committing to revisiting and expanding the narratives we share. We are committed to elevating and celebrating diverse experiences, voices and perspectives across all of our work and the work of our collaborators.

Below are some resources that the Smithsonian and our Smithsonian Affiliates have developed to catalyze these conversations. As always, the Institution is committed to collaborations and conversations that, in the words of Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, “challenge the nation to live up to its founding ideals.”

Do you have resources to share? We invite Affiliates to share your resources, and use our network to learn with and from each other, and with us. Submit your Affiliate resources on this form.

Conversation Spotlight

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Standing Together Against Hate, educational resources and direct learning opportunities from across the Smithsonian Institution.

Standing Together Against Xenophobia developed by the Asian Pacific American Center

Viral Histories, a program by the National Museum of American History

We Are Not A Stereotype
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is proud to present We are not a stereotype, a video series for educators, by educators. Find educational videos and resources about migration, occupation, racial and gender identities, cross-community building, and how to support student learning on these topics.

"We are not a stereotype: breaking down Asian Pacific American Bias" text on a blue background

Resource Library

Women’s History

Latinas Talk Latinas: This YouTube playlist will help you learn about the lives of 10 Latinas who have shaped the United States in diverse ways, from the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Latino.

Prototype Online: Innovative Voices features the stories of several female innovators and inventors (from the National Museum of American History):

More women’s history resources here

LGBTQ+

Project Pride, a pan-Institutional collection of Smithsonian resources

Blog post: Here, There, and Everywhere: How a 1970s Magazine Created LGBTQ+ Space, Community, and Paved the Way for Change

LGBTQ History at the National Museum of American History

Virtual Scholar’s Talk featuring Katherine Ott, curator and historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, discussing her work curating the exhibition “Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall.”

All upcoming Pride events from the Smithsonian here.

Talking About Race

Standing Together Against Hate, educational resources and direct learning opportunities from across the Smithsonian Institution.

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America from Smithsonian magazine

Talking about race, developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Life on a Sustainable Planet

Smithsonian Science for Global Goals, providing youth ages 8-17 around the world with the knowledge and skills to understand the world’s most pressing issues.

Virtual Earth Optimism Lectures from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Earth Optimism Youth Action and Leadership Smithsonian Learning Lab collection presenting strategies, quotes and mentoring advice from active student action projects underway nationwide.

Transracial Adoption

For more resources on Asian Pacific American bias and stereotypes, and further resources from the Smithsonian, visit the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Part 1: Cold War Babies to a Multi-Million Dollar Industry

Part 2: From Operation Baby Lift to International Adoption Today

Part 3: The Interviews

Religion

OpenBook: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects, from the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

The Center for the Understanding of Religion in American History at the National Museum of American History

Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month events, resources, exhibitions, and podcasts from across the Smithsonian.

Latino food and recipes from the National Museum of the American Latino.

Virtual Exhibitions from the National Museum of the American Latino:

Native American and Indigenous Culture

Americans: A Dialogue Toolkit for Educators developed by the National Museum of the American Indian

Photo ID: Portraits by Native Youth, an online exhibition from the Arizona State Museum (Tucson, AZ) that asks students to consider how we construct identity. More educational material from the museum to help learn about the Indigenous peoples of the region.

Black History Month

Below is a selection of resources from our Smithsonian and Smithsonian Affiliate collaborators.

More Black History Month resources here.