21-Day Equity Challenge


21-Day Equity Challenge

The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity, systemic bias, and exclusion affect our lives and our community. Our goal is develop awareness, foster empathy, suggest ways to take action, and help launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our community. The 21 Day Equity Challenge includes a weekly calendar that includes links to recommended articles, videos, podcasts, reflections and more. Each week, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will host "Impact Hours" where all members of the Holy Family University community can gather virtually to share, process, ask questions, and connect on the previous week's recommended resources.

To help set the stage, let’s look at a few common terms and develop a mutual understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equity:  

Diversity – Welcoming differences of race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitment, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective. 

Equity – A commitment to fair and impartial opportunities for all, often through actively challenging and responding to bias, harassment, and discrimination.

Inclusion – A commitment to ensuring that differences are welcomed, every person feels a sense of belonging, and everyone's voice is valued and heard.  

Included in the Challenge are recommended books for reading. The Office of Equity & Inclusion asks you to consider supporting women-owned, minority-owned, local indepedent bookstores for your purchases.

21 Day Calendar:

Day 21: Apply what you have learned and live out equity!
Practical diversity: taking it from theory to practice

Day 16:

Read: Toolkit for Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education
Watch: How to Go Beyond Diversity and Inclusion to Community & Belonging | E'Ula Green
Other: How to Begin Talking About Race in the Workplace

Day 17:

Read: Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now
by Brenda Salter McNeil 
Watch: Eliminating Microaggressions: The Next Level of Inclusion  | Tiffany Alvoid
Other: This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell 

Day 18:

Read: Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial  Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Watch: Unconscious bias: Stereotypical hiring practices. | Gail Tolstoi-Miller
Other: “I Don’t See Color”: Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege by Bettina Bergo & Tracey Nicholls 

Day 19:

Read: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude Steele 
Watch: Laverne Cox Talks about Intersectionality at Harvard
Other: 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive

Day 20:

Read: Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glenn E. Singleton
Watch: ‘Intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair?
Other: Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education by Ozlem Sensoy & Robin DiAngelo

Day 11: 

Read: Toolkit for Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education
Watch: Unequal Opportunity Race
Other: Listen to '1619,' a Podcast From The New York Times

Day 12:

Read: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Watch: : An Interview With Bryan Stevenson on Institutional Racism and Changing the Narrative
Other: Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism

Day 13:

Read: White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White by Daniel Hill & Brenda Salter McNeil
Watch: "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh 
Other: An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz 

Day 14:

Read: Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 
Watch: How America Created Its Shameful Wealth Gap | Robert Reich
Other: Wealth Inequality in America

Day 15:

Read: Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
Watch: A Look At Income Inequality In The United States | TIME
Other: Your Unconscious Bias Trainings & Systemic Racism

Day 6: 

Read: Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 
Watch: What is Privilege?
Other: How to Combat Colorism in the Classroom with Ms. Stephanie Gates

Day 7:

Read: The wealth gap: How the education world fails to fully measure students’ economic disadvantage
Watch: On Diversity: Access Ain’t Inclusion | Anthony Jack | TEDxCambridge
Other: Undoing Privilege: Unearned Advantage in a Divided World by Prof. Bob Pease 

Day 8:

Read: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Watch: Let's get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis
Other: How to support people from different cultural backgrounds

Day 9:

Read: What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo 
Watch: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Other: The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez 

Day 10:

Read: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong
Watch: Understanding My Privilege | Sue Borrego 
Other:  A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen