DAY 18: Building a Race Equity Culture

“And I saw that what divided me from the world was not anything intrinsic to us but the actual injury done by people intent on naming us, intent on believing that what they have named us matters more than anything we could ever actually do.” –Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, Between the World and Me

While the focus throughout this 21-Day Challenge is on racial equity, it is important to acknowledge that people from various marginalized identities and experiences are negatively impacted by inequitable processes and policies. When equitable systems and policies are created, everyone is lifted up, ensuring our collective success.
Every day in the workplace, we all face the challenge of showing our authentic selves. Company leadership teams are tasked with the responsibility to foster a work environment that prioritizes inclusivity. Diversity in the workplace makes room for a variety of perspectives to enrich the overall work experience and a number of studies show that involving diverse voices improves performance, problem solving and decision making.

Despite these studies, people of color are not represented as often in C-Suite, upper management and board roles compared to their representation in the overall working population. The culture of an organization provides insight into the racial dynamics and racial equity/parity within the organization.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: Do one or more of the following…


Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, from Equity in the Center, outlining ways that organizations can dismantle structural racism and inequities both inside and outside their organizations. (Agree to their license agreement to download the report.)  Read this article from The Harvard Business Review discussing the importance of achieving racial equity in the workplace and the challenges that come with that commitment. 
Review Racial Equity Tools’ new Glossary of Racial Equity Terms, with over 60 terms and definitions. The words and language we use hold significant meaning. Staying educated on these terms can help us engage in more inclusive and respectful dialogue.


View this #InclusionStartsWithI video about the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. The video demonstrates that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways – and that each of us has the power to make a difference.


Listen to The Harvard Business Review discussion on how race affects your workplace.


Reflect on the InclusionStartsWithI video and answer the questions below:
  • Is there someone you need to know better so you can see them as more than a stereotype?
  • How might you forge a friendship with them that is authentic, respectful and inclusive?


Take part in this week's service activity: Shop Online

This week, give virtually by shopping local nonprofits' Amazon Wish List for new children’s books by Black authors or socks, facemasks, hand sanitizer and hats/gloves. Learn more and give back.

Capture what you learned by journaling your thoughts and feelings about today's content. Click below to download a journal page for today.
If you are participating in the Challenge as part of a group, download this free guide to help facilitate discussion.

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