Welcome to the 21-Day Equity Challenge! We are delighted to join with you for our collective community journey toward social justice for these 21 days and beyond.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan launched our first Equity Challenge in 2021. More than 5,000 community members joined us in our commitment to deconstructing systemic racism while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for all. We all came together to learn, engage, reflect, celebrate and put action behind our learning to lead to a more equitable community.
As you join us for the 2022 challenge, we hope you bring a sense of excitement and feel encouraged to use this special time of community learning and growth to further your own equity journey. Our entire United Way team is humbled to share this space with each of you.
So, what can you expect? Over the next 21 days, we will examine topical issues related to systemic racism, inequity and injustice. Each day, you will receive an introduction to a topic along with a few challenge options, like reading an article, watching a video, or reviewing infographics. We encourage you to set aside at least 15 minutes each day to dig into the resources and reflect on what you have learned using the reflection questions included in that day’s email.
If you joined us in 2021, you’ll find that we’ve provided more history and context this year, based on your feedback. We hope that you’ll devote time to discovering something new every day during our 2022 event — challenging biases or learning about a topic that is new to you.
We will host weekly roundtables on Fridays where folks can engage in a facilitated discussion with other challenge participants. It is our hope that through enriching dialogue, we can apply our learning and engagement to our communities to facilitate lasting and sustainable change.
This pre-challenge email is designed to help you develop a better understanding of United Way’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work, review foundational materials like common DEI terms and to begin stretching your capacity to learn and reflect. Equity is a muscle that we must all work to build. We encourage you to review the materials and reflection questions before the challenge starts. We look forward to embarking on this journey with you and hope to see you at the kickoff event. Together, we can Stand United for Justice, Unity, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.