Our theme for the March 6th conference is “Creating Diversity in Children’s Literature.” Although we often think of diversity in a limited sense, Lili Cohen, Publicity and Promotions Ass’t., sent us this definition of diversity that Charlesbridge Publishing uses on their web site:
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
– from the Diversity Initiative at the University of Oregon
Many thanks to Lili for this definition; we hope you’ll join us on March 6 and in our ongoing dialogue on this blog as we seek to explore diversity in its broadest sense.