Equity Challenge

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United Way of Greater New Haven is committed to deepen our understanding and knowledge of the issues of racism, white supremacy, and oppression and the impact they make in the lives of our neighbors. In the spirit of shared learning, we are hosting a series of “5-Day Equity Challenges” to explore the impact of racism across different issues – housing, education, health, and more. We invite you to take part and we encourage you to share the Equity Challenge opportunities with your colleagues, friends, family members or anyone you think might benefit.  

Fill out the form below to participate in our current 5-Day Equity Challenge focusing on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, January 17-21, 2022. Your participation is private and free.

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What is the Equity Challenge?

The Equity Challenge is a commitment to devote 10-15 minutes a day for 5 days to learn about the foundations of racism and the different ways that bias, privilege, oppression, and trauma show up in our everyday lives. With this deeper understanding of foundations of racism and how it shapes different people’s lived experiences, we can do our part to make positive change in our community. The Equity Challenge can be an impactful journey for everyone – no matter where you come from or how you identify yourself.

How Did it Begin?

The Equity Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks, and Debby Irving and was adapted by Food Solutions New England.  From there, it was made available to other organizations, including the United Way of Washtenaw County, from whom we received supportive guidance in designing our own Challenge. We offer the Equity Challenge, adapted for our community, as an important part of our commitment to build an equitable community for all.

How Does it Work?

Every morning of the 5-day Challenge, you’ll receive an email prompt with readings, videos, or podcasts that last 10-15 minutes.  If you choose, you can share your reflections and “Aha!” moments using the hashtags #unitedforequity and #uwgnhequitychallenge and tagging us @UnitedWayofGreaterNewHaven.

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View content from our last 5-Day Challenge!

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