2021 Equity Challenge Day 21: Taking Action for Equity

Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.

John Lewis

American congressman and civil rights leader

We’ve reached the final day of our Equity Challenge! The past 21 days have been saturated with challenging content, in-depth articles, thought-provoking videos and helpful resources. We’ve asked hard questions, examined complex issues and learned much about past inequity and future equity in Southeastern Michigan.

As you continue your journey as an advocate of social equity, how can you move from knowledge to action? Being an antiracist and an ally is an active stance and one that requires both individual and community work. By understanding the complexities of racism and discrimination and the systems that uphold the status-quo, we are better equipped to work together to create positive, sustainable and measurable change in our communities.



Review Racial Equity Tools to continue your learning and implement change in your community. (15 minutes)


Volunteer for a cause you care about or a social justice issue you learned about through this challenge. United Way has many in-person and virtual opportunities to connect you with!

Join United Way for an Equity Challenge Culmination Event to celebrate, reflect and look to next steps after the Equity Challenge.


With a chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals that work to undermine white supremacy and advocate racial justice.


United Way for Southeastern Michigan has made the entirety of the 21-Day Equity Challenge available for public use. Consider using these resources as you continue your work in diversity and equity in your respective spaces.

Reflect And Share:

  1. Reflect on how you felt on Day One of the Equity Challenge. How do you feel as you end the challenge? 
  2. What did you hope to learn over the course of the challenge? What have you taken away, and what questions do you still have?
  3. How can you share your learning and experience from the Equity Challenge with others?
  4. Now that you’ve finished the challenge, how will you keep yourself accountable to keep building your muscle for equity work?
  5. What will you do to advance equity in your personal, professional or community life in the next 30 days?


Start the conversation. Send the tweet. Share your story. Make the Facebook post. Sharing what you learn and experience with your family, friends, and co-workers is the first step toward allyship.

Join thousands in conversation by using hastag #EquityChallenge or #TakeTheEC21