YWCA 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

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YWCA of Central Virginia is proud to join with YWCA Richmond (Richmond, VA); YWCA South Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA); and at least 50 other YWCA’s from across the country to Eliminate Racism.

In March of 2021, YWCA will launch this year’s 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. The challenge will begin on Monday, March 1st and continue (Monday – Friday) through Monday, March 29th.

YWCA of Central Virginia, as well as YWCA’s as a whole, recognize that there is an increased awareness about racial equity and social justice over the past year.  With our collective mission to eliminate racism and empower women, we act together to provide our neighbors and friends with the opportunity to engage in 21 days of learning, education, and reflection.



The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits and bring awareness to issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

Participants receive a daily email directing them to 3-4 curated activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, watching a video, or reflecting on their own personal experiences. Each activity is designed to foster greater understanding and awareness and challenge participants to confront their own understandings and to take action towards the advancement of racial equity.

Over 30,000 people from 1,800 zip codes across the country took the challenge in 2020 and it has proven a powerful tool for companies, municipalities, non-profits, and religious institutions to begin to implement real equitable change. YWCA of Central Virginia is proud to participate in the event this year and to encourage our community to examine how structural racism and bias impact each of our lives.

Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you will join us on this journey and we can’t wait to get started!

Catalog for the March 2021 Challenge
21 Day Challenge Toolkit


YWCA of Central Virginia would like to extend our sincere thanks to YWCA of Cleveland for providing us with this wonderful tool and curating this national effort.

The 21-Day Equity Challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. (#BlackMind) and co-developed with Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick (#DiverseSolutions). The plan has been adopted by Organizations, Associations and Corporations all over the nation/world. Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. is the Director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, WI. Dr. Moore created the Challenge to not only help people better understand issues surrounding equity, inclusion, privilege, leadership and supremacy, but also to do so in a way that would build a habit of learning by stretching it over 21 days. We are excited to be offering you this 21-Day Challenge in partnership with Dr. Moore. As you engage in the various activities over the next 21 days, be sure to tag, comment, and follow (1) 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge | Facebook




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