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. Register for the challenge now!
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.
Missed last year’s Challenge or want an idea of what to expect this year?
Racial justice programming is consistently underfunded. During the 21-day SAR Challenge, we held an “Invest $21 for 21” giving campaign. If you value this important work of YWCA Allentown, we encourage you to join our circle of supporters who share in our mission with a financial pledge. Your support will help YWCA Allentown continue to provide learning and advocacy opportunities to promote antiracism and social justice in the Lehigh Valley region.
HONORING THE WORK
YWCA Allentown 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 staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.