Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diversity Initiatives


The Illinois chapter of SCBWI is working to make the children’s book world more diverse, equitable and inclusive.


Diversity Committee: 

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 cultural and religious minorities. Because of the breadth of this focus, we will be particularly conscious of the intersectionality of oppressions and identities.


Diversity Contests:

Submissions CLOSED –

WINNERS will be announced on April 8, 2019 at the event

Marginalized Voices Out Loud: Queer Indie YA Author Lee Wind In Conversation.

Free registration is required – click here.


Online Community:

SCBWI IL Diversity Community @scbwiDiversityIL on Facebook


In person Diversity Network Meetings: 

Join us!

Join us each month in Hyde Park. Diverse Writers and illustrators meet to work on craft, build community and bring about change. Allies welcome. Email to be added to the mailing list.

Diversity Network Representative:

Donna Beasley

See Networks page for listings.

Wheelchair accessible. Contact 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

Interested in making a donation to support our diversity initiatives?

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

~Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s.

Diversity at the Spring Thaw Diversity at Spring Thaw Diversity at Spring Thaw
Diversity at Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day Diversity at Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day Diversity at Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day
Diversity at Network Meetings Diversity at Network Meetings Diversity at Network Meetings


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.