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Week 1: Chocolate Chip Cookies and "Beyond Diversity"


It goes beyond diversity in so many ways.⁠

Did you know 76% of publishing professionals in America are white 81% or straight and 89 or non-disabled. When it comes to equity diversity and inclusion I often talk about how words matter and so if we are only reading books from white authors think of all the diversity we are missing. It is important to be intentional on what you read, by who and and where you purchase your books from.⁠

Another interesting fact is in 1980 there was only 7% are interracial marriages and in 2015 17% were interracial marriages. To me this seemed low and when I did some research in 2015 in Vancouver only 9.6% were interracial marriages. I am part of that 9.6% and often don’t think about it. It was when my daughter was born and I was asked a few times if I was the nanny as my daughter was darker.. I also remember being in Italy in 2004 and there would be locals staring at us. I found it odd but my husband knew right away as we were not the same race.⁠ There are so many other examples that provided me with a different perspective and way of thinking. ⁠

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