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In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, America is engaged in a great national conversation regarding racial equity and social justice. But sometimes the hardest part of joining a conversation is knowing how to get started. The good news is, there are plenty of resources just waiting to empower you.

The 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge, powered by United Way of Delaware (UWDE) and YWCA Delaware (YWCA), is an annual online journey of self-discovery designed to help Delawareans build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

Registered participants are prompted with a daily e-mail challenge — such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or watching a video–and are then encouraged to reflect on that content and to relate the situation to their own lives. Participants discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community. The goal is to build new understandings and new connections and in so doing, to begin dismantling systemic racism in Delaware.

The challenge for 2020 occurred weekdays from Monday, August 17, through Monday, September 14. Over 8,000 Delawareans signed up to participate!

Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage with us and check out the 2020 archive for all of this year’s challenge content!

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  • The 21-day Racial Equity Challenge is a personal commitment to devote 5-30 minutes a day, for 21 days, to learn about the history and impact of racism in Delaware, and the ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our everyday lives.
  • With this awareness and understanding of how racism shapes each of our lived experiences, we can all become part of making positive change in our community.
  • The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge is an enlightening journey, for everyone – no matter where you come from or how you identify yourself. Along with new perspectives, you’ll receive examples and tools of how you can help undo racism and build a more just and equitable community here in Delaware.
  • While we encourage everyone to share their participation with others and to join the conversation, your employee information will remain both private and confidential.
  • Every morning of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, registered participants receive an email featuring links to readings, videos, and/or podcasts that are 5-30 minutes long. Participants pick one or more of the “challenges” and begin their journey of discovery.
  • Participants can share reflections and “Aha!” moments using the hashtags #unitedforequity, #equitychampions, and #DEequitychallenge, and can follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A private, monitored Facebook group will be available for deeper discussions
  • A downloadable discussion guide will help participants explore topics with friends, family, and colleagues

Thank you to every organization that answered the Challenge. Change begins with us.

Akoben LLC
ALERT Collective
Bank of America
Bolante.NET
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Boys and Girls Club Delaware
Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, Inc.
Brandywine School District
Calvary Baptist Church
CAMP Rehoboth
Capital School District
Carl M. Freeman Companies
Central DE Alumni Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
Central Delaware NAACP
Charter School of Wilmington
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
CHILD, Inc
Children & Families First
Christ Church Christiana Hundred
Christina School District
Combined Campaign for Justice
Communities in Schools
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Corteva Agriscience
Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association
Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN)
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Center for Justice
Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Delaware Community Foundation
Delaware Department of Correction
Delaware Department of Education
Delaware Div. of Historical & Cultural Affairs
Delaware Foundation for Science & Math Education
Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc.
Delaware Head Start Association
Delaware Hispanic Bar Association
Delaware Historical Society
Delaware Libraries
Delaware Shakespeare
Delaware Solid Waste Authority
Delaware State Education Association
Delaware Women for Inclusion
Del-Mar-Va Council
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH)
DuPont
Easter Consulting
Educere Institute at Children’s Beach House
Eunity Solutions
FAME
First state Community Action Agency
Georgetown Police Department
Goldey Beacom College
Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center
HOPE Commission
Human Rights Task Force of First Unitarian Church
Humanists of Southern Delaware
International Women’s Forum
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Jewish Family Services
Joseph’s Pantry
Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and The Freeman Stage
LACC
LCA Enterprises Limited
Longwood Foundation
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Meals On Wheels Delaware
Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
NAMI Delaware
National Coalition for 100 Black Women Inc.,Delaware Chapter
NCALL
Nemours Psychology
Network Connect
New Castle County Vocational Technical School District
New Directions Early Head Start
Newark Senior Center
Odyssey Charter School
OWAA
Peace Week Delaware
People’s Place
Philanthropy Delaware
Public Allies
Red Clay Consolidated School District
ServiceSource Delaware
Siegel JCC
Sierra Club Delaware Chapter
Solenis
Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice
St Andrews School
Strive: How You Lead Matters
SummerCollab
Teach For America-Delaware
The Delaware Museum of Natural History
The Episcopal Church in Delaware
The Episcopal church of St Andrew and Matthew
The GraceTalk
The Souls Of Black Girls
The South Asian Bar Association of Delaware
Transforming Lives Inc
Trinity Episcopal Parish
UD Partnership for Healthy Communities
United Way of Delaware
University of Delaware Partnership for Public Education
University of Delaware’s College of Education & Human Development
Wesley College Student Success & Retention
West End Neighborhood House
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Wilmington Community Advisory Council
Wilmington Senior Center
Women’s March Sussex-DE
WSFS
YWCA Delaware
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Zeta Zeta Chapter

So What’s Next?
That’s where the Delaware Racial Equity & Social Justice Collaborative comes in. The Collaborative is a statewide group of more than 200 community leaders working at the grassroots level to eliminate systemic racism in Delaware. In many ways, the Collaborative IS all of us. But even THAT’s not enough. Defeating racism in Delaware is going to take resources.

The Longwood Foundation recently awarded the Collaborative a $250,000 Challenge Grant. If we can raise another $250,000 by the end of the year, the Foundation will match that amount, dollar for dollar. That means $500,000 to fund the work that will help end racism in Delaware! That’s great news…but even THAT’s not enough. Defeating racism in Delaware requires YOU.

Will you chip in $31 right now to help end racism in Delaware?

Want To Set Up Your Own 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge? We encourage your organization to roll out an equity challenge in your community! To learn more, contact Tierra Fair, Director of Community Engagement, with your name, organization, email address, phone number, and logo- tfair@uwde.org or call 302-494-5442.