The 2021 Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge series, powered by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, and YWCA Yonkers is a 21-day journey of self-discovery designed to help individuals build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
Monday through Friday, beginning on March 1 and finishing on March 29, participants will receive prompts with a daily email/text challenge — such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or watching a video–and are then encouraged to reflect on that content and to relate the situation to their own lives. Participants will discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community. The goal is to build new understandings and new connections and in so doing, to begin dismantling systemic racism in Westchester and Putnam counties.
We hope that you will go into this challenge with an open heart and an open mind, ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone. We know these discussions can be difficult and can bring up powerful emotions, but your commitment to increasing your awareness is what will help move our community forward.
To engage with other people doing the challenge, use the hashtags #HVEquityChallenge and #WestchesterEquityChallenge to share your reflections on social media. You can also join our Facebook group where participants can continue the conversation in a safe space.
This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice.
We want to acknowledge the history of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge which was developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks, and Debby Irving and was adapted by Food Solutions New England. From there, it was made available to other organizations.