Ashanti Davis- Research Associate


We are thrilled to be able to include Ashanti Davis as part of our growing team!

Described as an Artist, Thinker, Social Justice Advocate, and Museum Practitioner who believes in the power of art and creativity to create meaningful change, Ashanti has led interdisciplinary teams in the development of unique STEM experiences and exhibitions and has acted as Chair and co-instigator for internal groups for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility.

As someone who represents both culturally and cognitively diverse communities, she understands the necessity for cultural competency and the decolonization of museological practice and leadership, ultimately shifting the ways in which museums engage intentionally with their entire community.

Davis is an Alumni Fellow of the ASTC Leadership and Diversity Fellowship program, received a BA in Creative Arts and Communications from Richmond American International University, and an MA in Museum Studies and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2021. She looks forward to continuing her work as a leader in the Arts and Culture sector and catalyzing meaningful change through lenses of social justice, curiosity, and creativity for all communities. “

“In 2019, Dr. Falk invited me to participate in the Science Museum Futures project and I really enjoyed participating in the collaborative, high-level thinking about the field and what we need to change to better serve our communities. I’ve always appreciated that as leaders in the field, ILI uses evidence-based findings to support and bring innovation to various learning environments so that all people – everywhere – can access the opportunities they desire and deserve.” said Davis.

Ashanti is currently supporting the work taking place at ILI by contributing to several projects.

“Ashanti is emerging as a leader in free-choice learning. She brings a unique blend of insights and experiences, having worked both on the ground, directly with diverse communities and audiences, and on a national scale in a variety of leadership roles. It’s both a pleasure and a privilege and a privilege to work with her.” said Executive Director, John H. Falk, Ph.D.

Welcome to the team, Ashanti!

Posted Jan 4, 2022