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21 Day Series: How to BE a Better Ally

Updated: Feb 18

Today's Intention is: Understanding Bias

Our society has a long history of exploiting identity... a history we must all confront.


It is time for us to take a closer look at the inequities that are deeply rooted in our systems and institutions, and work together to create an America where every individual has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and identity.


Let's do this! Jump into the 21-Day Equity Challenge!


Our society has a long history of exploiting identity... a history we must all confront. It is time for us to take a closer look at the inequities that are deeply rooted in our systems and institutions, and work together to create an America where every individual has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and identity. Over the next 21 days, we will explore some difficult topics, like structural racism, segregation, and privilege, to open up dialogue on how we can be champions of equity in our personal and professional lives. To learn and to grow... together.

Before you get started, please fill out this pre-challenge survey.

We also encourage you to download your Day 1 Journal Page – a tool you are invited to use to take full advantage of what the challenge has to offer.

Today, we will define race as a concept. However, before sharing this definition, we ask that you reflect on your personal understanding of race by answering the following questions:

  • What is race to you?

  • Is race science based, or a social construct?

  • How does your race impact you on a day to day basis?

  • Are there any unique events that have occurred exclusively because of your race?

After considering these questions, feel free to use the resources below to learn more about racial equity and the role that it can play in the lives of not only yourself, but your peers and coworkers as well.

Remember, we have a large amount of content to provide multiple perspectives. We suggest keeping your learning to 10-15 minutes a day (unless of course you are REALLY intrigued by the day’s content.) We hope everyone will digest this content slowly to avoid burn out and losing interest over the duration of the challenge. Please find the shared definition of race below.

Race: A socially constructed way of grouping people based on skin color and other apparent physical differences.

Start with day one. Each Monday through Friday we will post a new link to the series. Please link, share, and comment below about what comes up for you as we this 21 day journey to being a better ally.


Here are the links!


Day One: Understanding Systematic Racism https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day1


Day Two: The Effect of Racism https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day2


Day Three: Understanding Bias https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-3


Day Four: Understanding Privilege https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-4


Day Five: Understanding Cultural Competence https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-5


Day Six: Understanding Wealth & Income

https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-6

Day Seven: Understanding Housing and Red Lining. https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-7


Day Eight: Understanding Segregation https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-8


Day Nine: Immigrants and Refugees https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-9


Day Ten: Disability https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-10


Day Eleven: Healthcare https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-11


Day Twelve: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-12


Day Thirteen: Early Childhood Education https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-13


Day Fourteen: Education https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-14


Day Fifteen: Understanding our Justice System https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-15


Day Sixteen: Black Lives Matter https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-16


Day Seventeen: LGBTQ Equity https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-17


Day Eighteen: Allyship https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-18


Day Nineteen: Developing WorkPlace Equity https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-19


Day Twenty: Equity Tools for Change https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-20


Day Twenty One: Next Steps https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-21









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