The MIT Press has received significant funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and individual donors to support the MIT Press Fund for Diverse Voices. The Fund was established in 2019 to grow and sustain the publication of books by and about women in male-dominated fields and other authors whose voices have been chronically excluded across the sciences, arts, and humanities.
The new gifts will aid the publication of 10 or more new works annually over the next three years. The funding will support the production and global promotion of titles in the Fund for Diverse Voices program and contribute to the companion Grant Program for Diverse Voices, a giving initiative that offers grants to MIT Press authors around the world who are underrepresented in their chosen fields. The new funding will enable the Press to offer Grant Program awards of up to $15,000. The Grant Program provides eligible authors with support for research and writing as well as an opportunity to publish with the MIT Press. To learn more please visit mitpress.mit.edu/grant-program-diverse-voices.
“These grants and gifts will allow us to advance knowledge in STEAM fields and actively contribute to the creation of works that promote a more just, equitable, and open society,” said Amy Brand, Director and Publisher, the MIT Press. “We are so grateful to both the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as well as the individual donors, for their generous sponsorship.”
One of the first programs of its kind, the Fund for Diverse Voices has already supported titles and initiatives such as Reimaging Design: Unlocking Strategic Innovation by Kevin Bethune, Power On!by Jean J. Ryoo and Jane Margolis, Carbon Queen: The Remarkable Life of Nanoscience Pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus by Maia Weinstock, and the On Seeing visual culture series.
The Heising-Simons Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people. Gordon and Betty Moore established their foundation in order to create positive outcomes for future generations.