As part of its commitment to leading the fight for racial equity and economic mobility across the Western New York region, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County invites the community to join its virtual 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, launching on June 21. The email series takes participants on a 21-day journey of learning and self-discovery that aims to help develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege and leadership.
Participants receive a daily email directing them to 3-4 curated activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, watching a video, or reflecting on their own personal experiences. Each activity is designed to foster greater understanding and awareness and challenge participants to confront their own understandings and to take action towards the advancement of racial equity. The daily activities take 10-15 minutes to complete.
There is no cost to participate in the self-guided Challenge and daily topics include but are not limited to understanding bias, racial identity, intersectionality, housing affordability and homelessness, racial wealth gap, and trauma.
Originally developed by racial justice educators Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks and Debby Irving, this renowned program has been embraced by a coalition of over 60 local leaders and organizations, and is adapted for the Western New York region.
“People of color continue to face tremendous obstacles to achieve economic mobility across our country and here in the Western New York region. This learning opportunity allows each of us to examine the systems and policies that have historically disadvantaged those populations and benefitted others,” said Michael Weiner, President & CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in participating in the Western New York 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge are encouraged to visit uwbec.org/21daychallenge to register.