A Call for Papers: YNPN/NPQ Series on Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness In the Civil Sector


The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network invites you to participate in a national conversation about equity, diversity, and inclusiveness! Please review the shortened overview below and then check out the original post for more information.

Full Article Originally Appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly on August 25, 2015

“Over the past few years, it has become clear that many young leaders think, analyze, strategize, and act differently than older leaders around issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Those differences need to be surfaced and understood in personal, organizational and political ways. In fact, our lived experiences are the result not just of our race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, age or work status, but the result of the dynamic and sometimes conflicting experiences of the intersection of these identities in our lives and work.

Recognizing that this moment in time is marked by an increased attention to those dynamics and an increased openness to understanding them newly, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and the Nonprofit Quarterly are collaborating on a series of articles that explore issues of equity, diversity and inclusion from the perspectives of younger leaders in communities and organizations. Writers must be under 40 years of age.”

What they are looking for:

Essays that address how issues of diversity, equity and inclusiveness are experienced, negotiated, challenged or transformed in your work. Writers are encouraged to mix combinations of approaches, such as personal observation, reflection and research. To ensure that writers with varying degrees of experience apply, there will be editorial support.

The series will include a collection of 10-12 articles. Each will first be published as a feature online at NPQ, and later will be included in a print reader.

The process will be selective to ensure that we cover in the most resonant way possible the range of issues on diversity and inclusion that young leaders grapple with, and from a wide array of world-views and orientations.

The Process and Timeline:

  • September 11: Submissions are due. Contributors will submit an outline or a short summary
  • September 25: Response to submission.The editorial committee will make choices and provide feedback
  • October 23: Final submission of finished articles. If your submission is chosen, an advisory group will assist in the reading of this draft and editing of your final article.
  • November 2: First article published

Guidelines for the Outline/Summary and Articles:

The outline or summary should be no more than 300-500 words and it should include:

  • The themes on diversity and inclusion you want the submission to explore
  • The approach you will take to the topic

Finished articles should be no longer than 2000 words.