"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."

– Robert Kennedy

Welcome to day 20

Topic:  Equity Culture, Edition 2

Today and every day, continue to challenge yourself to view your workplace, social networks, and philanthropic interests through the lens of racial equity.

Reminder, no matter who you are or where you are on the journey, you will not be perfect. Try to digest the information slowly and go at your own pace. Allow time for reflection and avoid feeling pressured to tackle everything.

We continue to leverage this moment and unite to do more.

On Day 16: Equity Culture, Edition 1, we explored different facts and resources to help us understand and strengthen racial equity lenses in the workplace. With this moment in our history continuing to provide disruption and awakening, instead of shying away from difficult realities or recreating past norms, let’s continue to leverage this moment and unite to do more to meet our individual aspirations, the aspirations of our children, families, and communities.

The resources in today’s challenge offer continued support for practicing equity in our workplaces, in our social networks, within our families and through our philanthropic journey.

Challenge Menu

Hashtags won’t cut it.

This brief CNBC article highlights the role of U.S. corporations in mitigating racial inequality. To retain employees and consumers, analysts say companies will have to do more than issue statements.

Brave Spaces: Honest, Facilitated Conversations on Race

Beginning April 29th, join us for a series of events as an extension of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. United Way of Greater Atlanta, in partnership with CommunityBuild Ventures, presents Brave Spaces – a space for honest, facilitated conversations on race.

Dare to Lead: Brené Brown with Aiko Bethea on Creating Transformative Cultures

In this episode of her podcast “Dare to Lead,” Brené Brown talks with Aiko Bethea, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert. Aiko and Brené offer strategic and sustainable action items to create non-reactive, intentional, accountable, and transformational change. It is a masterclass in the power of integration and the importance of a learning mindset. (75 minutes)

Seeing Color – Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

In this discussion, Emmanuel Acho and the Gaines family discuss the importance of what we teach our children and the future of our community. There is a beauty in color and culture that must be seen if we want to have equity. (10 minutes)

Philanthropy’s Racial Funding Gap Is an Urgent Crisis

This article from Cheryl L. Dorsey, Peter Kim and Marcus Walton features action steps for philanthropy that can be applied by large foundations or individuals. It offers insights on how organizations led by people of color have been existing close to the financial edge before the pandemic’s economic crisis. The authors demonstrate that change is possible and that grantmakers can leverage lessons learned from COVID investments to practice equitable philanthropy.

 

The Role of Senior Leaders in Building a Race Equity Culture

To build an organizational culture that embraces racial equity, senior leaders need to set the tone and drive the progress of the work.

The Lies Our Culture Tells Us About What Matters—and a Better Way to Live

Creating an equity culture is inherently about relationships. In his TED Talk, David Brooks calls us to be weavers of the social fabric in our community and to deepen relationships with one another. (14 minutes)