DEI Resources for Publishing and Media
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
Prepared by Professor Andrea Chambers for the Center for Publishing at New York University School of Professional Studies.
As with all fields, it is essential to promote diverse voices in publishing, media, and literature. Recognizing the importance DEI, the Center for Publishing has curated a list of publishing organizations and web resources for faculty to incorporate in their teaching and practice:
The Ultimate Guide to the Media Industry's POC Organizations and Communities
People of Color in Publishing is a grassroots organization created by book publishing professionals dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members throughout the industry, we seek to create a safe and inclusive space celebrating and promoting diversity. They advocate and foster career development and advancement of people of color (including Native/Indigenous) professionals’ work.
We are a network of book professionals committed to supporting and increasing the number of Latino/a/x in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for and about Latino/a/x people.
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children's book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
We aim to create more visibility for writers of color, ease their access to publications, and build a platform that is both easy for editors to use and accurately represents the writers.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is devoted to creating, publishing, developing and disseminating creative writing by Asian Americans, and to providing an alternative literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Since our founding in 1991, we have been dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. At a time when migrants, women, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people are specifically targeted, we offer a new countercultural public space in which to imagine a more just future.
For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has championed LGBTQ books and authors. No other organization in the world serves LGBTQ writers and readers more comprehensively than Lambda Literary. We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read.
The brain child of publishing professional Jenn Baker, MiP is a podcast and website discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with other professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene
I, Too Arts Collective is a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing voices from underrepresented communities in the creative arts located in Hughes House.
We Are Adult Lit is a Twitter-based community that engages, promotes, and supports BIPOC authors of Adult Literature. We will host regular chats for agented and un-agented writers (#ALitChat), interviews with BIPOC Adult Literature authors (#ALitConvo), and sprints (#ALitSprints) to encourage productivity for creatives.
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