We welcome and celebrate writers and illustrators who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and who seek to create quality literature that reflects the lives of all young children.
To better serve our SCBWI-MI community, we aim to bring about change. To that end we commit to the following principles: INCLUDE, ENGAGE, EMBRACE.
- ~ INCLUDE: We strive for the inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented communities in children’s literature within our membership.
- ~ ENGAGE: We aim to fully engage our members, our community, and allies by identifying resources and support available and other professional-growth activities.
- ~ EMBRACE: We provide a ‘welcoming place’ to nurture and better support communication and networking within the diverse voices of our members. Everyone has a seat at the table.
We understand the power of children seeing themselves represented in books. Such diverse reading experiences can lead to empathy, understanding and respect. It is vital that we do all we can to implement initiatives that will address issues of diversity, inclusivity and accessibility for our kidlit community that will in turn help us write books for all children.