Resources Diversity Program
National Park Service established the Cultural Resources Diversity
Initiative in late 1998 to develop programs and approaches that
will diversify the cultural resources/historic preservation field.
Initiative was established to respond to the changing demographics
of the United States. Our nation's increasingly diverse population
will influence how the nation sees its past; how it uses the past
in the present and future; and, importantly, which historic places
are identified, preserved, and interpreted for future generations.
National Park Service and its partnership organizations must increase
the diversity of the professional groups that work in this field,
address the totality of the nation's cultural heritage, and engage
a wider range of organizations and communities in fulfilling their
Cultural Resources Diversity Initiative is located within the
National Center for Cultural Resources of the National Park Service.
The Initiative develops and administers the Cultural Resources
Diversity Internship Program, publishes the newsletter Heritage
Matters, undertakes conferences and training programs on diversity
topics, and is developing curriculum materials on cultural resources
for colleges and universities, including minority schools.