What is IndiesUNITE!?

A collaborative project offering a series of hard-hitting virtual events that challenge the status quo, question our current standards, and leave no curiosity left unexplored.

Join Us!

Previous event recordings are available below. We are currently planning for Spring 2023.

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Watch Previous Events

Fall 2022

Taking Action to Prevent Gun Violence: Activist Event

This event was geared toward the general public interested in activism, and featured activist Abbey Clements, and authors Barbara DiLorenzo (One Thursday Afternoon), De Nichols (Art of Protest), and John Della Volpe (Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America), moderated by Heidi Yoon from Politics & Prose Bookstore.

Taking Action to Prevent Gun Violence: School Event

Moderator: Kim Johnson (This is My America)

This event was geared toward middle and high school students and featured authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal (I’m Not Dying with You Tonight), Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends), and Kindra Neely (Numb to This).

Resources for Preventing Gun Violence

Download the PDF of suggested titles, websites, and additional resources for preventing gun violence.

Add to the Google Document to help your community gather more information to prevent gun violence.

Spring 2022

Children’s Book Week Event: A Celebration of Food, Culture, and Communities

Host: Kevin Maillard, Sibert Medal and the American Indian Youth Literature Honor-winning Fry Bread

Raúl the Third, Pura Belpré Award-winning author-illustrator, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat & ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market

Caldecott Award-winning Andrea Wang, Luli and the Language of Tea

Cheryl Chepulsova, Noodles, Please! A to Z Foods of the World

Michael Genhart, May Your Life Be Deliciosa

Fall 2021

Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories

Warren Binford, compiler of Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz

Michael Garcia Bochenek, senior counsel to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch

Moderator: Christina Scott, public interest attorney

Fall 2021

Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories

Alda P. Dobbs, Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

Inteviewer: Cadence Epting, student, Bronx, NY

Fall 2021

Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories

Yuyi Morales, Bright Star

Areli Morales, Areli is a Dreamer

Spring 2021

Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults: Giving Kids the Tools to Thrive

Jessica Curry, author, writer, work-at-home full-time mother, Happy Mama Happy Babies blog
with special guest Parker Curry, Parker Looks Up

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, Associate Professor of Sociology, John Jay College, Parent Like It Matters

Michael Genhart, PhD, author and licensed clinical psychologist, Love is Love

Moderator: Mercedes Samudio, founder, Diversity in Parenting, Inc., Shame-Proof Parenting

Fall 2020

Back-to-School Anti-Racist Panel

Valerie Bolling, Let’s Dance!

Sharon Draper, Blended

Cicely Lewis, 2020 National Librarian of the Year

Cheryl + Wade Hudson, Just Us Books

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