21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge
As part of the annual YWCA Stand Against Racism, we invite you to embark on the 21-Day Stand Against Racism Challenge. The Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to learn about racial equity and build more effective social justice habits. Do it on your own, or do it as a group within your organization.
Each day, you can choose from challenges such as reading an article/blogpost, listening to a podcast or watching a short video, reflecting on personal experience, and getting to know people and organizations who do anti-racism work. Participation in an activity like this helps us to:
- discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our communities
- connect with one another around these issues
- identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination
This is an exciting opportunity to dive deeply into racial equity and social justice!
- Day 1: Exploring Racial Identity
- Day 2: Environmental Racism
- Day 3: Levels of Racism
- Day 4: Privilege
- Day 5: Implicit Bias
- Day 6: Talking to Your Kids About Race and Racism
- Day 7: Racism and Trauma
- Day 8: History of Racism in Healthcare
- Day 9: Healthcare Disparities Today
- Day 10: Racism and Housing
- Day 11: Understanding Reparations, Part 1
- Day 12: Understanding Reparations, Part 2
- Day 13: How to be an Anti-Racist
- Day 14: Racism and Gender Discrimination in Sports
- Day 15: History of Voter Suppression
- Day 16: Voter Suppression Today
- Day 17: The Wealth Gap
- Day 18: Disparities in Education
- Day 19: Racism and Homelessness
- Day 20: Racism and Policing
- Day 21: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
We encourage you to explore Racial Equity Tools, a comprehensive site of resources. You’ll find fundamentals, ideas for planning, implementation strategies, and evaluation resources. They are all designed to support efforts to achieve racial equity.
We’d love to hear from you about how the 21-Day Challenge moved you to action or adding to your understanding. Please complete this short evaluation. Thank you!
What inspired YWCA’s 21 Day Challenge
The 21-Day Equity Challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. (#BlackMind) and co-developed with Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick (#DiverseSolutions). The plan has been adopted by Organizations, Associations, and Corporations all over the nation/world. Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. is the Director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, WI. Dr. Moore created the Challenge to not only help people better understand issues surrounding equity, inclusion, privilege, leadership, and supremacy but also to do so in a way that would build a habit of learning by stretching it over 21 days. We are excited to be offering you this 21-DayChallenge in partnership with Dr. Moore.
We also want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this initiative and adapting an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014. We also want to thank YWCA Greater Cleveland, YWCA Walla Walla, and the City of Evanston Sustainability Initiative for generously allowing us to adapt their resources for our local association.