Diversity Panel Members at Creating Stories for Every Reader — Diversity in Your Work. Front left to right: Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, Andrea Hall and Patricia Hruby Powell. Back left to right: Gwendolyn Mitchell, Jerome Pohlen and Cynthea Liu.
The Illinois chapter of SCBWI is working to make the children’s book world more diverse, inclusive and equitable.
In person Diversity Network Meetings:
Join us the first Wednesday of each month in Hyde Park. Diverse Writers and illustrators meet to work on craft, build community and bring about change. Allies welcome.
Facebook SCBWI IL Diversity Community @scbwiDiversityIL
Susanne Fairfax, Urania Smith, Jacqueline Alcántara, Beth Finke
Our focus on diversity springs from #WeNeedDiverseBooks:
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Because of the breadth of this focus, we will be particularly conscious of the intersectionality of oppressions and identities.
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|Upcoming Diversity Network Meetings –First Wednesday of each month – Join us!
Nov 7, 7:00-9:00 pm
Craft Workshop – Show Don’t Tell
Hyde Park at the Polsky Center
1452 E. 53rd St. 2nd Floor, Kimbark Room.
Diversity Network Representative: Donna Beasley
FREE and open to no-members as well as members.
Wheelchair accessible. Contact Donna@kazoomkidsbooks.com with any additional accessibility needs.
We can bring in our own food and wine to share with each other.
Ally Support: raise funds, open doors, signal boost!
Allies interested in working to support the diversity, equity and inclusion of our chapter reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in making a donation to support our diversity initiatives?
SCBWI-IL acknowledges the recent conversations about sexual harassment in the children’s literature industry, much like workplaces throughout our society. We’re conscious that people lead intersectional lives and that there is work to do regarding harassment and discrimination specific to marginalized writers and illustrators. Please see the updated SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. The SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee reaffirms our commitment to work toward an industry that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.