I’m pleased to announce Sarah Stierch has been awarded a Wikimedia Community Fellowship for 2012. Sarah’s fellowship is intended to support her commitment to encouraging women’s participation in Wikimedia projects.
As a volunteer, Sarah moderates Wikimedia’s gender gap mailing list, has done outreach to hundreds of editors in order to conduct a survey of women in Wikimedia, and curates a scoop.it collection of media related to women and Wikimedia. She also serves on the advisory board for the Ada Initiative, a non-profit organization that supports women in open-culture communities like Wikipedia. Sarah has been an editor on English Wikipedia since 2004, and has been active in GLAM-Wiki projects since 2009. An art historian by training, Sarah was a 2011 Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Archives of American Art in Washington D.C., organizes edit-a-thons on art-related topics, and is in the process of finishing her master’s degree in museum studies at George Washington University.
Her experience working with female editors in the community and enthusiasm for outreach makes Sarah a great candidate for what we hope will be the first of several fellowships focused on the gender gap. Sarah’s initial project will be a new-editor support pilot where she’ll build a team of volunteers to actively reach out to promising new editors (particularly women) to offer help, mentorship and peer support, encouraging them to continue editing and become more integrated into the Wikipedia community.
Congratulations, Sarah, the Wikimedia Foundation looks forward to partnering with you!
And, as a reminder, we’re still looking for more fellows to join Sarah in 2012. The deadline to apply for this round is January 15th, please contact fellows at wikimedia dot org with any questions.
Siko Bouterse, Head of Community Fellowships