Special Collections Librarian, DeLisa Minor-Harris Named Rare Book School-Andrew W. Mellon Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage Fellow

RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows for 2020–2022


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.

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

15 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage fellowships for 2020–2022 were awarded in February 2020.

2020–2022 Cultural Heritage Fellows

  • Dorothy Judith Berry, Digital Collections Program Manager, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • Christina M. Bleyer, Director of Special Collections & Archives, Trinity College
  • Ellen-Rae Cachola, Evening Supervisor & Archives Manager, Public Services, University of Hawaii Law Library, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Azalea Camacho, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Dale J. Correa, Middle Eastern Studies Librarian & History Coordinator, The University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Clinton R. Fluker, Assistant Director for Engagement & Scholarship, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • DeLisa A. Minor Harris, Special Collections Librarian, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, Fisk University
  • Amanda T. Moreno, Archivist, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries
  • Bridgett Kathryn Pride, Reference Librarian, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
  • T-Kay Sangwand, Librarian for Digital Collection Development, Digital Library Program, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jessica Tai, Resident Processing Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
  • Krystal Tribbett, Curator for Orange County Regional History, Special Collections & Archives, Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center, University of California, Irvine
  • Anastasia Tucker, Education and Outreach Archivist, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University
  • Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Associate Librarian and Latin American & Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, Department of Special & Area Studies Collections, University of Florida
  • Rachel E. Winston, Black Diaspora Archivist, The University of Texas at Austin