21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©

We are glad you are joining us for this challenge! Here is information to get you started!

What is the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©?
Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Change is hard; setting our intentions and adjusting how we spend our time and focus our attention is essential. It’s about building new habits.

Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, and leadership, is like any lifestyle change.

The good news is that there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for justice. This challenge, originally created by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks, and made available by The Privilege Institute* in Green Bay, WI, has been adapted over and over again for use by individuals and organizations who desire to create social justice habits. Snohomish for Equity has adapted it and now brings it to you! For 21 days, work to change your lifestyle and become more anti-racist.

How does it work?

  • You can start the challenge on a Monday (so weekends line up) and continue for 21 days. You will come back each day to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity.
  • Each day you will be asked to Notice, Watch, Listen, Read, or Connect. They will include suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.
  • The time it will take to complete the actions will range from a few minutes to 30m.
  • We have included an opportunity for you to reflect on your learning during the weekends, as well. Because we think understanding white privilege is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, we’ve cultivated resources to emphasize that specific issue.
  • Follow this link to a tracking chart that you can use to stay on course and to record your reflections.
  • This challenge can be done individually, with friends and family, or organization-wide. Please feel free to share widely!!

Follow this link for a ​Reflection Record​ that will help you stay on track and record your growth during the challenge!

We are excited for this challenge and look forward to learning along with everyone. Thank you for being here!

* Visit The Privilege Institute 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building FB page!

Day 1: Read

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis

Racial microaggressions are insidious and often undetected by white people. That doesn't mean they don't happen. TUNE IN.

Day 2: Notice

TODAY: Go out in the world and change what you pay attention to. Look for signs of racial inequities. See today's information for what you can specifically look for.

Day 3: Watch

Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them TEDxTalk (17m)

Day 4: Connect

The Racial Wealth Audit

Public policy has shaped and exacerbated racial disparities in wealth. Learn how by reading through this website.

Day 5: Read

What is White Privilege?

When you hear the term "white privilege", do you understand its meaning? Learn about all types of privilege in this article.

Weekend Reflection

We invite you to take some time to get quiet and reflect back on week one of the challenge. Is there anything that you see differently based on your participation so far? How does this impact how you think about your life / work / volunteerism / studies? Is there anything you are inspired to do differently?

Day 6: Connect

Black Lives Matter

You've heard of Black Lives Matter, but do you know what the organization believes and does? Have a look at their website.

Day 7: Listen

We need to talk about injustice

Maybe you read "Just Mercy" or recently saw the movie. Now listen to Bryan Stevenson share why it is so important to talk about injustice.

Day 8: Read

Unpacking the invisible knapsack

If you are white, have you really examined how white privilege is working for you? Read the article and take a good look at this list. Let all that you take for granted settle on you. This is heavy.

Day 9: Watch

Systemic Racism Explained

Here is an excellent explainer on "Systemic Racism".

Day 10: Notice!

TODAY: Go out in the world and change what you pay attention to. Look for signs of racial inequities. See today's information for what you can specifically look for.

Weekend Reflection

We invite you to take some time to get quiet and reflect back on week one of the challenge. Is there anything that you see differently based on your participation so far? How does this impact how you think about your life / work / volunteerism / studies? Is there anything you are inspired to do differently?

Day 11: Watch

Adam Ruins Everything: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs

Have you ever wondered why your neighborhood lacks diversity? Wonder no longer...

Day 12: Connect

Citizenship & Social Justice

This is the personal website of John Greenberg, a local educator and writer dedicated to social justice and civic engagement. Very rich and very informative. Poke around for a bit!

Day 13: Read

How to Tell If You've Been Unintentionally Racist

"When you know better, you do better." ~Maya Angelou
Take a few minutes to read and know better.

Day 14: Watch

Four Levels of Racism

Individual, Internalized, Interpersonal, and Systemic Racism. Do you know the difference?

Day 15: Listen

Scene on Radio Episode 42: My White Friends (40m podcast)

What does it mean to "photograph whiteness"? Perspective is everything.

Weekend Reflection

We invite you to take some time to get quiet and reflect back on week one of the challenge. Is there anything that you see differently based on your participation so far? How does this impact how you think about your life / work / volunteerism / studies? Is there anything you are inspired to do differently?

Day 16: Listen

When 'Civility' is Used as a Cudgel Against People of Color

"...pushing back against the status quo will be seen as inherently uncivil by the people who want to maintain it. And there are always higher standards expected of those people pushing back."

Day 17: Notice

TODAY: Go out in the world and change what you pay attention to. Look for signs of racial inequities. See today's information for what you can specifically look for.

Day 18: Watch

Check our bias to wreck our bias

We have to lean into the idea that we have implicit biases in order to uncover and confront them in ourselves.

Day 19: Watch

What we get wrong about Affirmative Action

Why should we support affirmative action in education and in the workplace?

Day 20: Notice!

TODAY: Go out in the world and change what you pay attention to. Look for signs of racial inequities. See today's information for what you can specifically look for.

Day 21: Read

What Children Need to Know About Race

"While white parents’ intention is to convey to their children the belief that race shouldn’t matter, the message their children receive is that race, in fact, doesn’t matter."