What is the challenge?

The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives, our Greater Atlanta community, and the barriers it places on improving child well-being. 

The 7-week self-guided learning experience explores the history and impact of racism and how it has shaped the well-being of our communities across Greater Atlanta. Topics include Understanding Privilege, History of Racism in Atlanta, Housing & Redlining, Intersection of Race + Gender, Allyship, Champions Leading Equity, and many more. Gain both local and national insights, get the tools for courageous conversations, access resources for healing, become an ally or level up your allyship, plus, make connections to a network of leaders working to create an equitable Greater Atlanta for all.

Racial Equity and Child Well-Being

Racial equity is central to United Way of Greater Atlanta’s work to improve child well-being so that children, families, and communities can thrive.  Disparities across race and zip codes are holding us back and limiting the opportunity for an equitable Greater Atlanta. Ending disparities has been the guidepost for United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Child Well-Being Agenda, which has focused on addressing the systemic issues that put Greater Atlanta at the bottom of the list of U.S. cities in terms of opportunity and mobility for low-income children and make a child’s zip code of birth their destiny. For two years running, Bloomberg has called Atlanta “the capital of inequality.”  

The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives, our Greater Atlanta communities, and child well-being.  For the past five years, United Way of Greater Atlanta has worked closely with partners to collect data on 14 different measures related to the factors that help account for the wide disparity in child well-being by race and zip code. These communities of low and very low child well-being are in zip codes where the majority of residents (55-99%) are people of color. 

Learn more, grow as an ally, advocate, and reimagine a united path forward to create a more equitable Greater Atlanta. 

Thank You

The following organizations have provided funds to support the United Way Racial Equity and Healing Fund. Learn more about how we are supporting communities of color by removing the barriers of racial inequity.

Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation
Gas South

Genuine Parts Company
Global Payments Inc
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Southern Company Gas

Target HQ
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company

Our Supporters

These groups have signed on to take the Challenge together. 

Accenture LLP , Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, AT&T Inc., ATL BGN, C3 Innovations (GA), Clarkston Community Center Foundation, Inc., Clayton County Public Schools, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Collaborative , Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Cox Enterprises, Inc., DeKalb County Government, DeKalb Library Foundation, Douglas County Chamber, Enterprise Holdings, Gagnant Media (South Fulton LifeStyle Magazine), Gateway Center, Georgia Gwinnett College, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta , Grove Park Foundation, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett NAACP, Gwinnett Technical College , Holder Construction Company, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Lawrenceville Elementary, Leadership DeKalb, Leadership Gwinnett, Mosaic Georgia, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, Northside Hospital, Office of Resilience/Mayor’s Office of One Atlanta, Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP , Partners in Change, Quality Care for Children, Inc., Reliable Heating & Air, Rollins, Rotary Districts 6900, Rotary Districts 6910, Rotary Districts 6920, RSUI Indemnity Company, Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers, South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Southern Company Gas, Sylvan Hills Neighborhood Association , The Children’s Haven, The Frazer Center, The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta, The Primerica Foundation, The Re-Entry Connection Inc, Trees Atlanta, United Parcel Service Inc, United Way of Greater Atlanta
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