21-Day Challenge

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About the 21-Day Challenge

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. The 21-Day Equity Challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. and co-developed with Debby Irving and Dr. Marguerite Penick. The plan has been adopted by organizations, associations, and corporations all over the world. Dr. Moore is director of

the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and 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 the Metro East YWCA and the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis.

We also want to thank YWCA Greater Cleveland for inspiring this challenge. They, in turn, were inspired by Food Solutions New England — they were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014.

Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, connect with one another, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you’ll join us and accept this challenge. Our next edition of the Challenge begins on Thursday, April 22, and continues through May 20. A kickoff town hall will take place over ZOOM on April 22nd from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. This town hall will feature Dr. Karla D. Scott, St. Louis University Professor as the keynote speaker.   Please check her bio at https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/communication/faculty/karla-scott.php.

To register for the 21 Day Challenge, please click here: http://ywcastl.ywca.org/site/Calendar?id=104865&view=Detail