From the Vice Provost and Dean - March 2019

March 2019

Hello Friends,

Despite our winter quarter snow days, Libraries and University of Washington Press staff have been busy connecting people with knowledge in inclusive and collaborative ways.

At the UW Press, a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will create an expanded diversity fellowship program. Through apprenticeships in acquisitions at six university presses, the program will support fellowships for individuals not currently represented in the academic publishing world. Thanks to the work of the Press and their partners, a noticeable shift is underway in the makeup of acquisitions staff across the country.

At the beginning of February, the Labor Archives of Washington, along with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and UW History Professor James Gregory, opened an exhibit in Special Collections celebrating 100 years of worker power. Part of a statewide movement to commemorate the Seattle General Strike and Centralia Tragedy of 1919, their collective work resulted in resolutions declaring 2019 a year of labor culture and history.

I am extremely proud of these efforts and the work of all our staff to build research, learning and working environments that elevate underrepresented voices and bring our community together.

I encourage you to come explore the Solidarity Centennial exhibit and learn more about the University Press Diversity Fellowship Program.

- Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson