Spark is an online magazine published by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) that solicits, edits, and disseminates public scholarship around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Spark editorial board subscribes to a feminist, social justice approach to the editorial process. We learn from and collaborate with our writers at every stage, working with those with a range of experiences and abilities, and coalescing around the belief that scholarship is a public good that can improve quality of life and contribute to the creation of an equitable society.
While the essays we publish are grounded in scholarship, we recognize that there is are a range of ways in which scholarship — especially that which illuminates the experiences of marginalized communities — can be presented. This may include an incorporation of writers’ own experiences into essays, writing in the first person or first person plural, writing in creative, non-traditional formats, or leveraging stories that cause discomfort or remain incomplete. We are not gatekeepers who seek to reject work or force it to conform to arbitrary standards, and do not define our success based on the number of proposals we reject. Instead, our editorial process is collaborative: We provide authors editorial support in crafting essays that are true to writers’ intent, broadly accessible, and grounded in scholarship.
As an editorial board, we aim to:
- Increase accessibility to scholarship to dispel myths about the academy and combat the growing wave of anti-intellectualism;
- Encourage authors to explore writing techniques that honor their experiences and that of their communities;
- Help writers build their identities as public scholars and re-imagine the relationship between scholarship, the public, and the writers’ work;
- Generate and cultivate essays that build bridges between universities, practitioners, and communities;
- Avoid a top-down approaches to the editorial process that only permit the existence of certain types of writing or writers; and
- Remain consistently aware of the implications of writing publicly, especially for those who write about communities with which they identify.
We look forward to working with writers who share these values.
The NCID Spark editorial board