Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium 2019

June 14 - 16, 2019


Building cultural competency is an important first step in expanding the diversity of books and readers.

Allies in the fight for cultural representation in children’s books–authors, editors, publishers, teachers, librarians–must understand the complexities of cultural competency to foster equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. Writers must gain tools in cultural competency before writing outside their own experiences. Editors and agents need to deepen their understanding of cultural competency as they bring new books to life. Professors, teachers and librarians need to be able to have appropriate conversations with students.

This course will help you cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow your cultural competency. Join changemakers Edith Campbell, Dr. Debbie Reese, Renee Watson, Dr. Marilisa Jiménez García, Dr. Laura M. Jiménez and Paula Yoo for this working symposium at the Highlights Foundation.


Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell is an assistant Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith currently serves as…
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Debbie Reese

Special Guest Dr. Debbie Reese, PhD (@debreese) is an educator and author of the popular blog, American Indians in Children’s…
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Renée Watson

Special Guest Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me…
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Paula Yoo

Special Guest Paula Yoo is a children’s book author and TV writer/producer. Her latest YA non-fiction book about Vincent Chin,…
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Laura M. Jiménez

Special Guest Laura M. Jiménez is a lecturer at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She teaches…
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Marilisa Jiménez Garcia

Special SKYPE Guest Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $799.00

All-inclusive means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging and all meals.

workshop information

Begins on Friday, June 14, with dinner, and ends on Sunday, June 16, with lunch.