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Cultural Resources Diversity Program

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 missions.

The 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.

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