SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI -IA/MN Intent on Equity and Inclusion

Iowa-Minnesota Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement: 

Welcome and thank you for visiting this page! We’re glad you’re here.

At SCBWI-IA/MN, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. As authors, illustrators, and translators, we believe that words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others.

Our Mission:

We welcome and celebrate writers, illustrators, and translators who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds, and who seek to create quality literature that reflects the lives of all children. We understand the power of children seeing themselves represented in books. Such equitable reading experiences lead to empathy, understanding, and respect. We hope to reach, include, and support those with diverse experiences, including but not limited to LGBTQIA, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), gender diversity, people with disabilities, and cultural and religious minorities, being particularly conscious of the intersectionality of oppressions and identities.

Our Goals: 

We recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion work is a journey, and our work is ongoing.

Here are our immediate goals. Please check back and see how this work will continue to evolve.

  • Grow LGBTQIA, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), gender diversity, people with disabilities, and cultural and religious minorities through scholarships for memberships and conference attendance.
  • Support LGBTQIA, BIPOC, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and cultural and religious minorities who own bookstores and event venues; host tables and readings at diverse community celebrations.
  • Feature resources and books that make it clear SCBWI-IA/MN supports inclusive authors, illustrators, and translators, with emphasis on the original communities of our region, including Native American people. We’ll also reach out to growing communities, like African American, Latinx, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and immigrant communities.

SCBWI Statement of Intent on Equity and Inclusion:

SCBWI stands firmly against bias, oppression, or unfair treatment of people based on their identity elements. As we feel the pain of what is happening today in America and in the treatment of our Black citizens, we renew our commitment to equity, inclusion, and equal justice for all. To read more about our stand, here is our position statement on equity and inclusion:

At SCBWI, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. Words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others. Historically, content creation that reaches a wide audience of children and teens has been intertwined with a legacy of privilege, oppression, bias, and racism. We acknowledge that, as part of the children’s publishing industry, we share in that legacy.

We accept the challenge and responsibility of becoming agents of change by affirming the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, and religion. To fulfill our mission of supporting the creation and availability of quality books for every young reader in all regions of the world, we commit to championing equity and inclusion throughout our organization by striving to:

–identify and dismantle inequities within our policies and practices

–expand inclusivity in our leadership, membership, and volunteer corps

–increase the social consciousness of our members through substantive learning opportunities

–continually examine and renew that commitment in our events, programming, online initiatives, publications, awards and grants, community outreach, and education efforts

As creators of books for children and teens, we have both a unique responsibility and a powerful opportunity to help young people create an equitable, inclusive world. We look forward to listening, learning, and leading.