Call for Chapters: The Experiences of Black Women Diversity Practitioners in Historically White Institutions


Tristen Johnson, Moffitt Cancer Center, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 25, 2021
Full Chapters Due: November 24, 2021
Submission Date: November 24, 2021


The purpose of this book is to understand the lived experiences of Black women “diversity” practitioners at historically white higher education, healthcare, and corporate institutions before, during, and after the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and the racial reckoning of 2020. The editor defines “diversity” roles as any position designated to the education of diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion; recruitment of diverse employees; and diversity strategists. There is limited to no research on Black women’s experiences in these positions outside of higher education. In higher education, researchers like Edgehill (2007) and Stone (2018) center Black women in diversity roles with Stone’s (2018) study centered on how Black women made meaning of their positions. Nixon (2013) and Marana (2016) studied women of color chief diversity officer’s experiences but grouped Black women’s experiences together with other women of color. Finally, Johnson’s (2021) study centered Black women in “diversity” roles in multicultural affairs and residence life at predominantly white institutions in higher education. Ahmed (2012) and Edgehill (2007) posited that people of color occupy a majority of diversity roles in organizations. These positions are designed to assist organizations in their institutional goals of diversity or meet the “business case for diversity” (hiring more women and people of color in positions) (Ely & Thomas, 2020). However, Johnson (2021) found that some Black women are hired in “these diversity roles and end up being victims of the very thing they are hired to solve” (p. 4). A number of the women in Johnson’s (2021) study experienced a myriad of racial and gendered discriminatory experiences at their institutions prior to the dual pandemics of 2020 that had some negative effects on their ability to effectively perform in their roles.


The book will center Black women’s experiences before, during, and after the dual pandemics at historically white higher education, corporate America, and healthcare institutions and how these experiences affected their ability to perform their jobs. The stories and research provided will offer crucial information for institutions to look inward at the cultures and practices of their organizations that directly impact Black women diversity practitioners. In addition, implications for culture shifts and policy transformation would support Black women currently in these positions and those women looking to break into the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Finally, the recommendations for practice will offer strategies on ways organizations can strive for more equitable working environments for Black women diversity practitioners.

Target Audience

Black women diversity practitioners, higher education staff and administration; administration, staff, CEOs, and leadership in corporate America and healthcare.

Recommended Topics

  • On the Frontlines: Perceptions and Experiences of Black Women Diversity Practitioners Before the Dual Pandemics of COVID-19 and the Racial Reckoning of 2020
  • Leading the Frontlines: Perceptions and Experiences During and After the Dual Pandemics of COVID-19 and the Racial Reckoning of 2020
  • Beyond the Frontlines: Best Practices for Organizations to Support, Retain, and/or Improve Work Environments and Cultures
  • Lessons Learned From One Sistah to Another: Tools and Advice for New Black Women Diversity Practitioners from Experienced Black Women Diversity Workers

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 25, 2021, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by October 26, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 24, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, The Experiences of Black Women Diversity Practitioners in Historically White Institutions. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

October 25, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
October 26, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
November 24, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
January 7, 2022: Review Results Returned
February 18, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
March 4, 2022: Final Chapter Submission


Tristen Johnson
Moffitt Cancer Center


Government and Law; Media and Communications; Medical, Healthcare, and Life Sciences; Education; Business and Management
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