Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Panel Members Creating Stories for Every Reader

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. Email to be added to the mailing list.

Online Community: 

Facebook SCBWI IL Diversity Community @scbwiDiversityIL

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

Diversity Opportunities:

To learn more about these opportunities, please click the relevant item on the menu to your right.

Upcoming Diversity Network Meetings –First Wednesday of each month – Join us!

See Networks page for full listings.

February 6th -Critique Day

Location: Polsky Exchange, 1452 E 53rd St. 2nd floor, Chicago

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Diversity Network Representative: Donna Beasley 

FREE and open to no-members as well as members.

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.

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.

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