United Way Erie County Buffalo. The Western New York 21-Day Racial Equity Challenege

The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

This series takes participants on a 21-day journey of learning and self-discovery that aims to develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Community members can participate as individuals or as a part of a workplace, place of worship, professional association, or more. Participation is free.

This is a self-paced course, access one a day for 21 days or all 21 days at once! Each 'day' provides an explanation of the day’s racial equity-related topic, and links to educational content like videos, articles, podcasts, and more. Each activity only takes 10-15 minutes.

Over 60 local community partners proposed, vetted, and selected the content that will be used in this regional Challenge. 




Pre-Challenge: What to Expect

Day 1: Race and Equity

Day 2: Exploring Bias

Day 3: The Meaning Of Privilege

Day 4: Talking About Race

Day 5: Levels of Racism

Day 6: Trauma to Healing

Day 7: White Fragility

Day 8: Opportunity and Segregation in Western New York

Day 9: Housing Inequity

Day 10: The Racial Wealth Gap

Day 11: How Race Affects Your Health

Day 12: Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes

Day 13: Early Childhood

Day 14: Education and School-Aged Children

Day 15: Immigrants and Refugees

Day 16: Equity and The LGBTQI+ Community

Day 17: Building a Race Equity Culture

Day 18: Being an Ally

Day 19: Tools for the Racial Equity Change Process

Day 20: Final Reflections

Day 21: Take Action in WNY



Equity Toolkit

Are you leading the Challenge at your workplace or looking for more information? Visit the Equity Toolkit for articles to support conversations on race and equity, a sample email for your colleagues, a Challenge FAQ and more.  


Challenge Partners

Over 60 community partners proposed, vetted, and selected the content that will be used in our regional Challenge. See the full list here



Thank you to our dedicated sponsors who make the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge possible.