About the 21 Day Challenge
This challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by many organizations across the country. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
We want to thank YWCA Greater Cleveland for inspiring this challenge. They, in turn, were inspired by Food Solutions New England — they were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014. They are now entering their fifth year of coordinating the Challenge with more than 3,000 participants
Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, connect with one another, and 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’ll join us and accept this challenge. Our challenge starts on Monday, April 29, and continues through May 25.
Before Day 1, you will receive an introductory email explaining the purpose of the challenge and your Challenge Reflection Log – a tool to ensure you are taking full advantage of what the challenge has to offer. Starting on April 29, expect to receive daily emails (Monday through Friday) containing your challenge prompts.
21 Day Challenge FAQ
YWCA Dayton is hosting the 21 Day Challenge to further our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We have been doing this work for 149 years. We aren’t new to this; we’re true to this!
Starting on April 29, expect to receive daily emails containing your challenge prompts.
Tell others you’re participating and engage with other participants in the challenge by sharing your reflections on social media using the hashtags #YWCAEquityChallenge and #ABetterWayABetterDAY. You can also join the 21-Day Challenge Facebook group.
We also encourage participants to send us their thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org to share on our blog.