YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge

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WHAT IS YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge?

We are excited to announce that YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge will return for its 5th year on April 17th – May 15th, 2023. YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge is a virtual learning tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. New content is released on weekdays and participants log on to the challenge app on their phone or visit the website and are presented with 21 days of activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or reflecting on personal experience.

Interested in taking the challenge with your colleagues? Register for our info session on Wednesday, January 18th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM to learn about partnership opportunities and best practices around how to engage your organization.

For more information, please reach out to Paige Robar, Associate Director of Advocacy and Communications, at probar@ywcaofcleveland.org

WEEK 1 - DISABILITY

During disability week we will cover the history of Eugenics, the Disability Rights Movement, the intersection of race, gender, and disability, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WEEK 2 - HOUSING

Learn how redlining continues to impact communities, who can access housing, and how racism, homophobia, and transphobia have become a driver of homelessness and its criminalization.

WEEK 3 - MUSIC

In partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we will talk about the legacy of musician activists, racism in the music industry, cultural appropriation, how music pushes against gender stereotypes, and access to music education.

WEEK 4 - MENTAL HEALTH

Dive into how psychology has been used as a tool of marginalization, access to mental healthcare, and discrimination's impact on mental health outcomes.

GOING NATIONWIDE

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 Challenge! Since we launched in 2019, YWCA has had over 30,000 participants across the country take the challenge and reached 5,747 unique ZIP codes. We also have over 2,000 members in the Challenge Facebook Group.

IN THE NEWS

HONORING THE WORK

YWCA Greater Cleveland wants to thank and acknowledge Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick for their leadership in the field of racial equity as exhibited in their 21 Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge and the movement they helped to initiate. YWCA’s content is independently designed, written, and curated by YWCA Greater Cleveland staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.