United Way of Central Carolinas is hosting a Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge that takes individuals on a daily journey of learning and self-discovery to develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege and leadership. The goal is to build new understandings and connections and begin dismantling systemic racism.
The Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge began on Monday, January 18, 2021 in honor of the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His life’s work around civil rights and equality remains relevant in light of the many challenges we continue to face as a nation.
The Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning, action and growth. Community members are invited to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.
Participants receive an email each weekday with links to articles, videos, podcasts and more about a specific topic.
You can participate solo, or form a small group and discuss each day's topic. We will provide discussion guides and other resources throughout the Challenge to help facilitate.
At the end of the Challenge, we will share ideas on actions you can take to help improve equity issues in our community.
United Way will host a virtual Racial Equity Town Hall event on February 23, 2021 that brings together participants and subject-matter experts to broaden understanding of the issues related to racial equity and highlight some of the shared knowledge gained from the experience.
The 21-Day Equity Challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. Under his direction, his White Privilege Conference has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege and leadership.
Dr. Moore designed the Challenge to not only help people better understand the issues surrounding equity and inclusion, but also to do so in a way that would build a habit of learning by stretching it over 21 days.
United Way of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor, Michigan introduced the challenge into the United Way network, and now United Way of Central Carolinas is proudly picking up the torch to bring it to our community.