UO Libraries to Partner in Mellon Institute for Racial and Climate Justice

Digital Scholarship Services department will provide digital scholarship, curation, and preservation expertise.

green foliage in the background with the words, Caribbean Women Healers Project: Decolonizing Knowledge Within Afro Indigenous Traditions

The University of Oregon Libraries is pleased to announce its role in the recently-announced $4.52 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice, the largest humanities award in UO history. UO Libraries will partner with UO faculty on two initiatives: The PNW Atlas of Essential Work and Sustaining Climate Justice and Health Through AfroIndigenous Healing. The latter project will continue a successful collaboration with Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos and Dr. Ana Lara on Caribbean Women Healers Project: Decolonizing Knowledge Within Afro Indigenous Traditions, launched in spring 2020.


UO Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services department will provide interdisciplinary digital scholarship and critical methodological perspectives to create accessible, sustainable digital projects. Franny Gaede, Director of Digital Scholarship Services, Kate Thornhill, Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Azle Malinao-Alvarez, Interactive Technology Consultant, will collaborate with faculty and students across disciplines to create open digital research and pedagogy projects while establishing digital preservation plans for materials created as part of these projects.


“We’re delighted to continue our collaboration with Drs. Reyes-Santos and Lara,” said Gaede. “The opportunity to ensure these projects have a lifespan into the more just and sustainable future we are working to create is one we hold closely. I’m so grateful to the Mellon Foundation and our faculty partners for making this work possible.”