21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

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What is the 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge?

The 21 Day Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.  Our next Challenge will take place in early 2022.  Scroll down and fill out the brief form to be added to our Challenge e-mail list and continue with us on our racial equity and social justice journey.  You’ll receive monthly Continuing the Challenge emails. Click here to register for our Stand Against Racism webinars. 


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You will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us learn how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice.

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-Day Challenge 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 .

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 for generously allowing us to adapt their project for our local association.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee offers facilitated conversations on racial justice and equity for any organization or group that participates in the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. If you or your organization would like to have a facilitated conversation, please contact our Senior Manager of Social Justice & Advocacy at: Hannah.cornfield@ywcanashville.com

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Click here to view our wrap-up report on our first-ever 21 Day Challenge that began in July 2020. 

To download The 21 Day Challenge Toolkit, click here.
To download The 21 Day Challenge Reflection Guide, click here.

Click here to access the Aspen Institute’s Structural Racism Glossary.

If your company is interested in sponsoring the 21 Day Challenge, please contact shannon.lapsley@ywcanashville.com.  If you would like to make a donation to support our racial equity and social justice work, please click here or the button below.

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Week 1 - Voting

Week 2 - Education

Week 3 - Criminal Justice

Week 4 - Public Health