If you’ve read Junot Diaz’s recent article in the NYTimes, you know that increasing the presence of authors of color in YA Lit and beyond that, into the literary canon, will take more that trending for a few days on Twitter. Here’s an opportunity to fund and share research with a scholarly audience who may be unaware of the challenges to people of color in children’s literature.

October 24 and October 25, 2014
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana
Deadline: July 1, 2014
Attention faculty, staff, students, and community members from all disciplines interested in transforming diversity research to action. You are invited to submit a 250-word proposal to present your diversity related work via a poster, talk, panel discussion, or facilitated discussion. Papers and research studies already published and/or presented elsewhere are welcome.
Join us at the 2014 Diversity Research Symposium to:
learn, interact, network, and share your ideas with experienced diversity scholars
meet and hear John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC news magazine Primetime and anchor for What Would You Do? speak about Changing Ethics in America
be selected to publish your work in our edited e-book, Diversity Research Symposium 2014: From Research to Action
be eligible for the following awards (Each award winner will receive a certificate, and each winning poster/presentation will receive a check for $200):

  • Creative Content Presentation Award: Outstanding poster or presentation judged to have the most creative and original content
  • Creative Methodology Presentation Award: Outstanding poster or presentation judged to have used the most creative and original research methodology
  • GLBT Presentation Award: Outstanding poster or presentation judged to contribute the most to the knowledge and/or awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered issues.

We are seeking proposals that focus on transforming cultural diversity research to action, particularly those relating to disparities (medical/mental health, housing, economic, and education), applications (practical and clinical), education (teaching pedagogy, curriculum design), business, and social justice.
Questions, suggestions, and comments should be directed to Linh Littleford at lnlittleford@bsu.edu or 765-285-1707.
Please visit http://www.diversitysymposium.org to submit proposals.

The Ball State University Office of Institutional Diversity and the Department of Psychological Science



  1. I really wish I could go to this, because it sounds like an opportunity to connect the lack of diversity in children’s books (and literature in general) with broader issues such as other media stereotypes, health disparities, the assault on voting rights and fair elections, and the prison industrial complex. I’m thinking us book people need to make common cause with other civil rights organizations that, for their part, haven’t yet seen diversity in publishing as a priority. But books are as important as other media in forming attitudes and perpetuating or challenging stereotypes.


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