SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

 

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

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW FOR THE 2021

“MANY VOICES” AND “DIVERSE NEW MEMBER PATHWAY” AWARDS!

 

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE MANY VOICES WIP MENTORSHIP



 

 

 

 We use the #WeNeedDiverseBooks definition of “diversity”

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.

 

 

2020 – 20201 E & I COMMITTEE

Jacqueline Alcántara

 

Urania Smith

 

Nathan Lyon

 

Alina Celeste

Effie Koliopoulos

 

 

Diversity Network Representative

Donna Beasley

 

 

AND welcoming the brand new (as of summer 2020)

SCBWI Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

April Powers

 

 

 

 

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

                    – Jacqueline Woodson

 

 

WINTER ROUND- UP of OPPORTUNITIES / EVENTS

DC ( Disabled Creatives) Universe – open applications for 2021 mentorships  “Disabled Creatives (DC) Universe provides an inclusive place to mentor upcoming disabled and neurodivergent creators in a variety of capacities. We exist for those within our community so they may lean on their peers for guidance and to improve their skill sets.”
 
#ReadingAfrica social media push December 6-12— From Catalyst Press, “we ask book lovers of all kinds to use the hashtag #ReadingAfrica on posts that highlight African literature”
Sleeping Bear Press “Own voices, Own Stories Award” for new BIPOC & LGBTQ+ writers, submissions open Jan 1 through March 31, 2021
Kibooka – Lina Sue Park recently launched a collection of books by Korean Authors on her website
Chicago Beyond – Unpacking series – a great resource to continue educating ourselves about allyship and anti-rascism. The 4th and final session is this coming Monday (12/14) (free to watch) , ” The Purpose of Power: How we come together when we fall apart with Alicia Garza and Liz Dozier”

 

Also…
SCBWI Translator listserv : SCBWI now has a Translation listserv for members that identify as translators. Email Avery Fisher Udagawa (our International Translator Coordinator (ITC) if you are a translator and would like to be added to the listserv.
We Need Diverse Books – Book Club! – join the book club, read great books and tune into great discussions!
PW in Spanish Debuted!, from Publishers Weekly
SCBWI-IL Black Authors Critique Group is up and running! If interested/questions, reach out to us! jacqueline.l.alcantara@gmail.com

 

Annual/Ongoing E&I Initiatives

 

 

Industry Resources We Love

 

 

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Interested in making a donation to support our diversity initiatives?

  • Please click here to email us!
  • Mail checks to:  SCBWI-IL PO Box 233, Dundee, IL 60118-0233

 

 

 

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

                        – Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

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.

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