RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows for 2022–2024

In June 2019, Rare Book School received a $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage, a six-year program which aims to advance multicultural collections through innovative and inclusive curatorial practice and leadership (press release). Fostering new models for diverse and inclusive cultural heritage programming, this fellowship seeks to advance multicultural collections through innovative curatorial practice and leadership. The fellowship will provide professional development opportunities for early- to mid-career professionals currently working in a special collections library, archive, or other cultural heritage institution located in the United States. The fellowship seeks to fulfill four core goals: 1) developing skills for documenting and interpreting visual and textual materials in special collections and archives; 2) raising awareness within professional communities about the significance of inclusive, multicultural collections; 3) building connections with diverse communities and publics through strategic programming, outreach, and advocacy; 4) and advancing careers by establishing new pathways and skills for professional growth. See the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage page for more information.

Over the past three years, 15 fellows have been selected to join the fellowship through an open application process. There are three cohorts of 15 fellows each, for a total of 45 fellows. Each cohort meets and works in the program for three full years. Over the course of the program, cohorts progressively overlap, allowing fellows from different cohorts to meet and interact during RBS courses, and other activities. Fellows build connections with diverse communities and publics through a combination of strategic programming, outreach, advocacy, and training.

15 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage fellowships for 2022–2024 were awarded in April 2022.

2022–2024 Cultural Heritage Fellows

  • Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University
  • Victor Betts, Student Success Librarian for Special Collections, Special Collections Research Center, North  Carolina State University Libraries
  • Barrye Brown, Processing Archivist, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Yuqiao Cao, Pauline A. Young Resident and Visual Literacy Librarian, Library, Museums and Press, University of Delaware
  • Amalia Medina Castañeda, University Archivist, Gerth Archives & Special Collections, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Hoan-Vu Do, Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Special Collections, San Diego Public Library
  • Patrice R. Green, Curator for African American Collections, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Diana Liao, Education Associate, Japan House, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Milton Machuca-Gálvez, Humanities Librarian/Visiting Scholar, Learning and Outreach Services, University Libraries & Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico
  • Sara Powell, Assistant Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • Sócrates Silva Reyes, Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian, Columbia University/Cornell University
  • Ursula Romero, Public Services Librarian, The Lilly Library, Indiana University
  • Annie Tang, Chair of Special Collections and Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives, Chapman University
  • Jaime S. Valenzuela, Archivist, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona
  • JoyEllen A. Williams, Special Collections Curator, Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, Kennesaw State University
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