Intern and Fellows Program Manager
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Omar recruits and manages 200+ interns and fellows at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). He conducts presentations to and creates partnerships with stakeholders to increase access to the Smithsonian. He was involved in creating a briefing paper on diversity and inclusion at the museum to the Director John Gray. He provides strategy for diversity recruitment for certain positions at the museum. Omar participates on many internal committees that focus on diversity and inclusion and advocacy for professionals of color at the Smithsonian. He created the Smithsonian Career Center Conference to educate stakeholders about the intern/fellow experience at the Smithsonian. Omar has worked at the National Park Service, the Office of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, NASA and he also was a K-12 teacher in NYC and DC. He has board membership for Museum Hue (National Board Chair) and is a member of the Museums and Race Steering Committee. He also serves on the American Alliance of Museums Diversity Equity Accessibility and Inclusion Working Group; the American Association for State and Local History’s Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce; and has contributed to the MASS (Museums As a Site for Social Action) project. He is currently a PhD student in American Studies at University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests are Diversity and Inclusion in museums and cultural institutions; Afro Latin@ Identity; and Hip Hop culture.
Sunday, May 6
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Wednesday, May 9
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM