21 Day Equity Challenge

March 1-21, 2021

Working toward advancing equity is a collective effort that requires individual, organizational and societal change. There is no equity without action. Equity is an outcome of intentional and community-driven diversity, inclusion, and engagement work towards systems change to strengthen a foundation that ensures fair and impartial treatment for everyone.

These 21 days are our commitment to taking action, learning and unlearning, growing and reflecting, and doing it together.


Sign the pledge to join the equity challenge and to develop a deeper understanding of how inequalities impact our staff, leaders, members, and communities. Join us as we explore bias, food insecurity, racial injustice, and more.

Enjoy this compilation of songs curated by the Equity Builders of the YMCA of Virginia Peninsulas


Congratulations on joining the 21 Day Equity Challenge. It takes 21 days to form a new habit. Start your journey by completing the pledge form then learn some of the languages of activism by listening to YMCA of Metro Dallas’ podcast, Causenetic: Ally, Amplifier, or Accomplice? Which One Are You?

TED Talk: We Are All Different – and THAT’S AWESOME! Cole Blakeway
Listen and consider how everyone’s differences make our world more interesting and awesome.

“Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Ask yourself, how are you:

  • Currently being not only diverse but also inclusive in your own life?
  • What have you done today that is inclusive?
  • Going forward, what are some ways you can be more purposefully inclusive?

Do a recipe swap with a friend. Pick a recipe that is a traditional dish of your family’s culture.

Poem – The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman – Poet Laureate.

Ponder on the effect of actions she suggests us all to take.

View the recording of Dr. Finn’s presentation here

Join Dr. John Finn, Associate Professor at Christopher Newport University, for a presentation of “Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century” at 11:30 a.m. EST.

John C. Finn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography
Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Anthropology
Christopher Newport University


Dr. Johnny Finn is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University. Finn’s research focuses on the geography of race and racism in the Americas. He has conducted extensive field research in Brazil, Cuba, and in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His current project—entitled “Living Together / Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century”— uses oral history interviews, historical analysis, participant-directed photography, and spatial analysis to better understand the ongoing human impacts of persistent racial segregation. Finn has published over 30 research articles, book chapters, reports, and op-eds, has attracted over $170,000 in research grant funding, and has given more than 25 invited lectures across North America, Latin America, and Europe. In 2019 Finn became the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning peer-reviewed Journal of Latin American Geography. At Christopher Newport University, Finn teaches courses human geography, urban geography, human-environment interaction, field research methods, and Latin American studies.


Song by Josh Wilson, Revolutionary.

Listen two to three times and reflect on the lyrics.

Take a few minutes to write down your thoughts and feelings about both your physical and mental well-being.

  • Is this something you can start to do every day?
  • What are some ways you can develop good habits to promote both your physical and mental well-being?

“Blind Spots” three short videos. Watch and reflect on how to apply in your life.
Blind Spots: Challenge Assumptions 
Blind Spots: Enhance Objectivity 
Blind Spots: Overcoming Stereotypes 

Research women-owned businesses and pick a business to support.

  • What have you learned about U.S. and World history that helps you understand why diversity and inclusion are so important?
  • What do you know about your family history?
  • How has your family and its history impacted your views on individuals from different backgrounds?
  • Think about a close friend who has a different background than you. How do you view their culture and customs?

Webinar: Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Others. LaCrosse Area Family YMCA.

March 17 Equanimity webinar
2 p.m. CST (3 p.m. EST)

The better we care for ourselves, the better we are able to care for our community. Your mental health matters.


Notice when you become uncomfortable around certain people, why do you become uncomfortable? Is it because of a past personal experience or an unconscious bias?

Inspire someone around you to be the change. Whether it is at work or at home, encourage people to be change agents for diversity and inclusion. Consider volunteering together or donating to an organization working to create a more equitable society, like your local YMCA. Donate today.

What have you learned? How has what you’ve watched, read, or listened to, acted upon, or engaged in impacted your daily life? What are some things you can do to continue learning?

Read: How Can We Eliminate Gender Bias in Health Care?

Share your thoughts now that you know more about implicit bias.

You completed the challenge. What was your favorite part of this challenge? What made you feel uncomfortable? What will you continue to do to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion? Share with us #YMCAVP4ALL.

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