University of California Press FirstGen Program

Posted in resources by Editor on November 19, 2021

From UC Press:

University of California Press FirstGen Program

At UC Press, we aim to publish and support bold, diverse perspectives that are representative of an inclusive spectrum of voices. This mission informs not only the scholarship we publish, but how we support the community of scholars and authors. We know that book publishing can be difficult to navigate for many scholars, and we’re dedicated to making it a more equitable process for all.

Our FirstGen Program seeks to cultivate and support the work of first-generation scholars—those who are the first in their fam ily to receive a college degree. As we know from research and the University of California’s own FirstGen program, first-gen students often confront a range of intersecting inequalities across race, class, immigration status, and more. First-gen scholars who have gone on to attain advanced degrees and become faculty must navigate additional barriers within the academy. In our role as a non-profit, progressive press within the public UC system, we aim to extend the UC’s efforts by more effectively cultivating, publishing, and promoting the work of first-gen scholars.

Our program includes:
• Financial support to help eliminate costs associated with book publishing, support the writing process, and maximize the reach and impact of the author’s scholarship (e.g. developmental editing, indexing, permissions, etc)
• Publishing workshops and webinars to help demystify the book publishing process for first-gen scholars, and provide opportunities for community-building and networking
• Online resources about book publishing, to enable accessible information for the first-gen scholar community
• Data and findings from the research phase of our program, to raise awareness about the first-gen publishing experience and provide information to the academic and publishing community about how to support these scholars
• A FirstGen Program email list to establish regular communication with first-gen scholars about relevant publishing resources, events, program updates, and to gather feedback that will improve our program and our publishing

More information is available here»

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