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2024 Week Equity Challenge

The Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

Welcome to Heart of Indiana United Way’s third annual 6 Week Race Equity Challenge.  We are so glad that you are joining us to grow together towards equity and justice. 

Over the last two years, we have embarked on a journey together towards unity. As we beging the 2024 challenege, we honor the work that has been done before us and are eager to continue sharing this experience with you. This special time unites us across our varied lived experiences, identitites and counties to commit to learning, engaging, reflecting, celebrating and putting action towards building a more equitable community. 

Starting on January 15th you’ll receive an email to guide your learning on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Each email will have curated materials with a few options, like reading an article, watching a video or listening to a podcast. Set aside 10-15 minutes to go through as many of the resources as you would like and take a moment to reflect on what you have learned. 

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We’re glad you’re here. Now let’s get started… 

We know that when we Live United, we must Live United for everyone.

Investing in equity is necessary expand both our incorporation of diversity, equity and inclusion into our organizational practices and culture, as well as to create sustainable change in our region.

Deepening our understanding of race and equity doesn’t happen overnight. Yet, learning how to develop or strengthen our race equity lens is a key part of bringing equitable change to our communities.

By registering here, you’ll receive three email prompts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning for six weeks with readings, videos, and podcasts that explore specific topics including privilege, institutional and structural racism, microaggressions

To Participate

Materials may be accessed here or by registering for an automatic email send. Registration is open at any time. You will receive three emails each week for six weeks. Each day’s content will be linked below when released.

  • 100% FREE to participate

  • Each day, visit a day as linked below and learn about that specific topic

  • Daily topics include Understanding Privilege, Microaggressions and Intersectionality and many more (see below)

The experience deepens understanding, suggests ways to take action, and helps launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our community

2024 Equity Challenge Materials

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. As an organization, we are committed to cultural humility with the understanding that equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice are necessary to create a thriving community for everyone. That work calls us to lean into our discomfort in the effort to learn, grow and act.

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We’re grateful for those who have led the way in their communities and in this network, not just to acknowledge the inequities and injustices, but to do the work and commit to active anti-racism and equity in all that we do. 

The 6 Week Equity Challenge is another step toward personal and community growth. We hope you join us.

The 21 Day Equity Challenge is adapted from the work of Debby Irving, racial justice educator and writer, and  Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, WI. Ms. Irving and Dr. Moore designed the challenge to not only help people better understand the issues surrounding equity and inclusion, but to do so in a way that would build a long-lasting habit of learning by stretching it over 21 days. 

United Way of Washtenaw County (Now United Way of Southeastern Michigan) introduced the challenge into the United Way network.

We’ve adapted the concept to 6 weeks, encouraging participants to engage with a topic throughout the week, revisiting the questions and taking time to engage with the materials.

This Challenge is meant to help develop and strengthen  our race equity lens as we learn from new and different perspectives, deepen understanding, share ways to take action, and help launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our state and communities.

We recognize that every person is on their own journey of understanding equity and inclusion. It is our hope that no matter where you are on this journey or what your lived experiences are that you can gain something new from participating in this challenge.