21 Day Challenge

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is the United Way Committing to This Challenge?

Globally, United Ways are engaging in on-going conversations about how we can become more equitable. We recognize there is serious need for us as individuals and organizations to become well versed in how people are marginalized and what we can do to dismantle all forms of oppression. Locally, as part of our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Initiative, United Way of SLO County will be hosting the first of several 21-Day Equity Challenges. This challenge, along with the other components of our EDI Initiative, allows us to demonstrate our commitment to racial justice and equity. The challenge will be hosted through our website, on a dedicated webpage. We invite every member of our community to participate.

When Will the Challenge Start?

We will host the challenge quarterly. The 1st Challenge begins starting November 2, 2020 and ends November 23, 2020. The 2nd Challenge begins March 2, 2021 and ends March 23, 2021.  We will announce the 3rd and 4th quarter Challenges prior to their start dates. Each day of the challenge will be designed to develop your personal equity lens and will take you no more than 15 minutes a day (unless you choose to do more!). Additionally, we want this challenge to be part of a larger conversation. To cultivate this, we will dedicate specific days throughout the challenge to reflection and conversations through video chats. Through these chats we hope to develop conversation surrounding the topics we explore, by fostering a community of network peers taking the challenge.

Why Should I Participate?

Now, we'll be the first to admit that you may be thinking something along the lines of this "A 21-day challenge? That's quite a long time. I'm not sure that I can do this for 21 days…" And to this we'll say that your concern is valid. 21 days is a long time. However, we want you to know that we took this into account when designing this challenge, and we distributed learning in a manner that we felt wouldn't be overly obtrusive to your day.

Do I Have to Do All 21 Days in a Row?

You don’t have to do all 21 days in a row, but we hope you will. Researchers have shown that it takes 21 days of repeated behavior for a habit to form. That is why so many types of challenges are 21 days long. You can work through the material at your own pace if you prefer. But, if you want to develop the habit of recognizing and addressing inequality, you have to consistently engage in that work until it becomes habit. So, technically, you don’t have to do all 21 days. But if you can commit for those 21 days, we think you’ll be glad you did on day 22.

What If I Am Short on Time?

For starters, we want you to keep content short for each day, with this challenge only asking for 10-15 minutes of your time. For most days, this will likely mean engaging with one form of media. Consider the time that you dedicate each day to social media or watching television. Try taking 10 minutes away from that time to learn and better educate yourself. The content may seem a bit overwhelming at times, as we did put a lot into the challenge overall. However, we wanted to provide a variety of content to be able to touch on a substantial amount of backgrounds and experiences. Ultimately, we have provided a surplus of information for you to be able to go through and find content that is interesting to you. Hopefully, the content we have provided will spark your interest to maintain the challenge for all 21 days.

I’m a Visual Learner. Can I Still Participate?

We’ve taken into consideration different learning methods. For some, we recognize that you may learn best by reading. For others, we know that you may learn better by listening to a podcast. And lastly, you may learn best by watching videos. We've included all three. This allows you a number of options for how you'd like to complete the challenge each day. For those days that you aren't as busy, we have options to allow you to dedicate 100% of your attention to learning. For other days when you're a bit busier, we've implemented the resources for listening, allowing you to multitask (this includes both videos and podcasts, as a majority of the videos can be understood without watching). Personally, we'd recommend listening to content while performing manual tasks such as cooking, driving, or cleaning. This way you're still learning, but aren't taking time away from other activities.

Sign Up!

We hope that you join us for our 21-Day Equity Challenge! Originally created by Debby Irving and Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., our unique UWW challenge was crafted by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion intern Julian Brown with support from Geniro Dingle. Dr. Leola Dublin Macmillan, our Director of Equity and Resource Development will help facilitate the conversations that evolve over the course of the challenge. For any questions about the challenge please email us at 21day@unitedwayslo.org. We hope you will join us as we work to live inclusively!