SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

SCBWI-Louisiana/Mississippi embraces all voices and unites in the common cause of fostering a world where all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. Our region adopts the definition of diversity used by the We Need Diverse Books movement:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.