“Books are a form of political power.”
— Toni Morrison
Trinity University Press is proud to be a member of the Association of University Presses and applauds its recently updated Statement on Equity and Anti-racism. We’re committed to the values it reflects and are taking proactive, tangible steps to implement those values.
As a nationally recognized book publisher with strong ties to Texas and Mexico, we have created several initiatives that reinforce and expand our commitment to a more mission-driven, diverse editorial focus. In spring 2021 we will debut a new anthology book series, EQ: Creative Nonfiction on Social Equity, that addresses such topics as racism, urban inequity, border restriction, hunger, body image, disability, medical care, and other areas of focus. This fall we are inviting a new community advisory group to share editorial ideas with us and discuss actionable ways to better focus on publishing black and historically marginalized voices. We are expanding the diversity and inclusion focus of our professional internship program for students seeking careers in publishing, media, nonprofit operations, and related fields. We hope you’ll share your feedback as we roll out these and other initiatives.
Trinity University Press is committed to the importance of the written word as a backbone of learning, history, and social change. As Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu taught us centuries ago, “watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions.” We know that words define character and destiny. Rebecca Solnit reminds us that “words bring us together,” and we know these things happen in different ways for different people. Nevertheless, verba valent (words have power), and this power endures. We take our responsibility in the cultivation, curation, and publication of the words of others very seriously.