It’s Here: The 2021 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge
After a year of a nation’s reckoning with race and racism, propelled to the national stage last summer, we find ourselves trending back to the status quo, punctuated by anti-Asian violence, including the mass shooting in Atlanta, the trial of the police officer who murdered George Floyd, and the recent killing of Daunte Wright. We need to continue the conversation.
We saw tremendous turnout for our inaugural 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge, and we’re here to do it again. The 2021 21-Day Challenge, launching June 21st, will take us through twenty-one days of core concepts on race equity. Think of it as bricks, building a foundation that is strong and robust enough to continue to build on throughout the rest of our lives.
For this year’s 21 Day Challenge, we decided to go back to the very beginning. What even is race? When and how was it invented? What does it mean when people say, ‘race is a myth”?
What is the 21-Day Challenge?
Building on the history, skills, and efforts of our sister organizations in YWCA’s national network to live our mission to eliminate racism; YWCA Utah’s 21–Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge is intentionally developed by our staff for our Utah community, though we’re sure no matter where you are, the lessons will resonate with you.
This content curation is led by women of color from Utah who have been deeply engaged in anti-racism and racial justice work in our community for years. YWCA Utah’s multi-racial staff Race Equity Workgroup provides significant contribution and insight to developing this work.
Resources are carefully and intentionally curated from accessible internet sites. While we aim to provide a variety of resources, from academic, to opinion/blog, to popular media, etc., our goal is to provide a doorway into the topic and leave it to you to walk all the way through. We hope through this curated content, all found on the internet, you find yourself clicking on the link and falling down a rabbit hole – learning something new. We hope you find new resources, question information with a critical and open mind.
2021 21-Day Challenge Groups
Other participating groups: JAYHAWKS Program
Check Out the 2021 Content Archive
Miss a day, want a refresher, or looking to share with a friend? Check out the 2021 Challenge Content Archive, which includes all the resources, explanations, and more from the 2021 Challenge.
Group & Company Participation
Whether it's your roller derby league or coworkers, there's power in group learning. Participate as a group or business and get tools to help you learn and your logo/name on this page!
Go Further with Learn More. Do More.
Hungry to learn more now? Sign up for our monthly action guide emails, which build on the foundational knowledge of the 21-Day Challenge and take a deeper dive into the issues of today.
What Inspired the YWCA 21-Day Challenge?
This challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by many organizations across the country. The 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.
A special thank you to YWCA Greater Cleveland for providing the blueprint for the Challenge, and to the other YWCA’s who have participated in this Challenge and offered their inspiration. The 21-Day Challenge was originally adapted by Food Solutions New England.