21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

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What is the 21 Day Challenge?

The 21-Day Challenge was created to help people better understand how racial inequity and social injustice impacts our community. The challenge is designed to provide participants daily tasks via email that include activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, and reflecting on personal experiences. By addressing issues of race, power, privilege and leadership we can connect with others to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

What is Racial Equity?

It is both an outcome and a process. As a process, we apply racial equity to policies, systems, structures and institutions by analyzing data so we can identify, uncover and remove barriers that produce disparate (unfavorable) outcomes based on race. As an outcome, racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares in society.

Why the Challenge?

It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. By taking small actions and participating in a conversation about racism and social justice, we can create momentum and unity in order to build new and positive habits to change our communities and ourselves. YWCA Glendale and Pasadena will be launching the 21-Day Anti-Racist Challenge on January 17, 2022 – Martin Luther King Day. Education is an essential part of organizing for change. Therefore, students from Saybrook University (a graduate university based in Pasadena that focuses on educating humanistic leaders who transform their fields and communities), will support the development of this Challenge by measuring the results of the Challenge’s pre and post survey data to assess the Challenge’s impact.

Why Should I Engage My Company or Organization?

The 21-Day Challenge provides a framework for meaningful action through daily emails allowing leadership to offer employees the power and platform to take action for racial justice. The psychological impact of public events regarding racial violence and racist threats carries over into the workplace. How organizations respond can either help employees feel psychologically safe or contribute to feelings of isolation, fear and sadness. Leaders seeking to create an inclusive environment for employees can help to address these topics by being a part of the challenge.

Who Created the 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. As you engage in the various activities over the next 21 days, be sure to tag, comment, and follow (1) 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge | Facebook


Access the 2021 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge:


DAY ONE: Embracing Anti-Racism

DAY TWO: Levels of Racism

DAY THREE: Privileged, Who Me?

DAY FOUR: Understanding Implicit Bias

DAY FIVE: What is White Fragility?

DAY SIX: Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Race? 

DAY SEVEN: Talking to Kids About Race and Racism

DAY EIGHT: What We Teach

DAY NINE: Redlining

DAY TEN: Racism and Homelessness

DAY ELEVEN: Wealth Gap

DAY TWELVE: Racism and Toxic Stress

DAY THIRTEEN: Racism and Racial Bias in Healthcare Access

DAY FOURTEEN: Racism is a Public Health Crisis

DAY FIFTEEN: Environmental Racism

DAY SIXTEEN: School to Prison Pipeline 


DAY EIGHTEEN: Incarceration

DAY NINETEEN: Ending Racism & Oppression is at The Heart of The Anti-Violence Movement

DAY TWENTY: Building a Race Equity Culture

DAY TWENTY ONE: Being an Anti-Racist

YWCA Glendale and Pasadena 21 Day Challenge Impact Report

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