The Western New York 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

day 17: building a race equity culture

Every day in the workplace, individuals face challenges being their authentic selves. As leaders and colleagues, we each have a role to play in creating inclusive workspaces. Diverse perspectives enrich our workplaces, and studies are showing that involving diverse voices improves performance, problem solving and decision making. Yet, people of color and women are underrepresented in C-Suite, upper management, and Board roles compared to their representation in the overall working population. The culture of an organization provides insight into the racial dynamics and racial equity/parity within the organization. Today we will focus on how you can create a race equity culture at your organization and in your community.


  1. Read “3 Ways to Get Started Talking About Race at Work.” (4 minutes)
  2. Watch “Inclusion Starts With I” which sheds light on common struggles people face bringing their authentic selves to the workplace. (3 minutes)
  3. Complete this Racial Justice Assessment Tool to determine what steps your workplace has taken toward racial justice. (5 minutes)


DAY 18: Being an Ally


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