Join the Equity Challenge

January 6 - 26

Thank you for your interest in the challenge and we hope you will join us.  At United Way of Washtenaw County we are working to ensure your zip code doesn’t determine your opportunity in life.  At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and understanding how inequity and racism affects our lives is an important first step.

Join us on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County.  Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

This Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks and Debby Irving and has been adapted by Food Solutions New England. United Way of Washtenaw County has committed to adapt the challenge with our community along with our Equity Champions (listed below).

We believe it benefits us all to have greater collective capacity and courage to identify and address the different ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives.


About the 21 Day Equity Challenge

  • You (along with thousands of others in Washtenaw County) commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days beginning January 6 and ending January 26.
  • During every morning of the Challenge, you'll receive an email "prompt" with readings, videos and/or podcasts. You are encouraged to take about ten to fifteen minutes each day with the material in the prompt.
  • Explore this work on your own, with friends and family, or organization-wide. Download our discussion guide by clicking here. 
  • Share your reflections and “a ha” moments using the hashtags #unitedforequity , #equitychampions, and #uwwcequitychallenge.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Your participation in this challenge is 100% private, free and anonymous. 


Join us as a Community Partner

We are inviting companies, nonprofits and community groups to promote the challenge and help us reach our goal of 10,000 voices.  We’ll list all our partners on this web page beginning in January 2020 and acknowledge you at our Equity Convening February  26, 2020. 

Want to sign your team up?  Click here to sign up as a community partner before December 31st, 2020.

Support Partners
The following organizations have contributed $2,000 to support the design and implementation of the 21 Day Equity Challenge:


Click here to read our full Equity Vision and Statement

Build Your Equity Muscle

The resources below are helping us learn and understand how to intentionally focus on equity in all of our work. We invite you to explore these links to build your "equity muscle" and learn with us. 

United Way Governance Series Hosted by Nonprofit Enterprise @ WorkBelow are the meeting agendas, materials and slide decks from the last 3 session in this series, which focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

1. People Power: Preparing Ourselves to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2. Culture Shift: Building Equity-Driven Cultures

3. Implementing Change: Integrating DEI Lens throughout our Organizations

  • Implicit Association Test: Take this free test from Harvard University and learn more about your personal levels of unconscious bias
  • Bias CleanseMTV’s Look Different campaign is here to help open your eyes to hidden biases
Publications and Data:

Find more data, reports, and resources on our Data Portal.