Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Equity & Inclusion Team

Welcome to our SCBWI AZ EI Team Page

At SCBWI, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. Words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others. Historically, content creation that reaches a wide audience of children and teens has been intertwined with a legacy of privilege, oppression, bias, and racism. We acknowledge that, as part of the children’s publishing industry, we share in that legacy.

You can find our complete Equity and Inclusion Statement here: SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Statement

Our Mission

Support the creation and availability of quality books for every young reader championing equity and inclusion. 

Our Goals

– Expand inclusivity in our membership and create a welcoming and safe environment for all members.  

– Provide learning opportunities to increase social consciousness. 

– Increase inclusive programming, events, and community outreach.

Meet our E&I Team

As we are building our Regional Equity & Inclusion Team, we are thrilled to introduce you to our two Co-Leaders.


Fawzia Tung

Fawzia Mai Tung, the daughter of a diplomat, grew up around the globe, receiving her education in 13 different schools in five countries and four languages.
Now a retired journalist, psychiatrist, and educator, as well as a mother of seven and grandmother of 7, Fawzia writes stories drawn from her experience and background. She is very interested in the growing movement of Equity and Inclusion and has been a member of SCBWI since 2017.

Amanda Malek Ahmadi

Amanda joined SCBWI in 2019 and since has published fer first picture book, 10 BALLERINAS, with the Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group. It is a Story Monster Approved book and an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winner. Amanda loves that she was able to combine her passion for dance with her dream of publishing a book. Currently, Amanda teaches dance at three valley studios and dances with Wight Noise Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company in the West Valley. When not dancing or working on her writing, Amanda enjoys having adventures with her husband, three boys, and rainbow baby girl.


Equity and Inclusion Member Spotlight Interviews


Karen S. Chow

 MG Author


Harshita Jerath

 PB Author


Violet Duncan

 PB Author


Shazia Rehman
Desert Sunrise Scholarship Winner


Sara Fujimura

 YA Author


Bill Konigsberg

 YA Author




Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell – As part of SCBWI’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell video is available free to members and the general public and focuses on how ten BIPOC creators turned racism into art.

Access the video here: Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell Digital Workshop


– LatinX KidLit Book Festival –

BIPOC Bookstores in Arizona: 

– Palabras Bilingual Bookstore – Latinx-owned bookstore in Phoenix.

– Grassrootz Bookstore – Black-owned bookstore in Phoenix.

More opportunities: 

Pitch events for BIPOC: 

– DVpit – A biannual Twitter pitch event for self-identifying, historically marginalized authors & illustrators

– Latinxpitch – A Twitter pitch event specifically for Latinx creators held on September 15th

– We Need Diverse Books – A resource page with articles about writing diversely and grants/awards for diverse creators.

#Ownvoices or #Livedexperience author or illustrator books recommendations:

Check out the SCBWI Arizona Curated EI Book List

Join us:

Our volunteer form can be filled out online here:

Additional Resources:

It Gets Better Project

Human Rights Campaign

Sunshine Behavioral Health

7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists

10 Black History Movies & Docuseries to Educate Yourself on Anit-Racism

Project Implicit

YouTube Video of Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility”

Diversity: What Can We Do About It?

Diversity: What Can We Do About It?

SCBWI Executive Director Speaks Out on Diversity

SCBWI Executive Director Speaks Out on Diversity

Organizations and Resources Supporting Black Lives

Organizations and Resources Supporting Black Lives

National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Disability Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month Resources

Diversity Resources for Parents, Educators, Authors, Illustrators. and more

Diversity Resources


Comments and suggested additions to our Equity and Inclusion Team Page

Do you have any suggestions or additions that you would like to see here? Please email us at: