The Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program: Perspectives from the First Year

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Monday, June 12, 1:45–3:00 PM
Chair: Larin McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief, University of Washington Press
Panelists: Maryam Arain, Editorial Associate/Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow, Duke University Press; Niccole Leilanionapae'aina Coggins, Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow/Assistant Editor, University of Washington Press; Jesús J. Hernández, Acquisitions Assistant /Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow, MIT Press; Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director, MIT Press; Christian Pizarro Winting, Editorial Assistant, Columbia University Press

Given recent surveys demonstrating the need for diversity in publishing, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and AAUP, four university presses collaborated to develop the Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship. The MUPDF is a one-year apprenticeship in the acquisitions departments of the University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, MIT Press, and the University of Georgia Press, with the expressed goal of the fellows acquiring deep and specialized knowledge of the acquisitions process. This panel will feature the four inaugural Mellon Diversity fellows speaking on why they applied, what they expected or anticipated versus how that might have changed, what they learned, and what made this fellowship unique from an internship or traditional editorial assistantship. Panelists will also include the editor-in-chief and editorial director from two of the participating presses.

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