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Racial Equity Challenge

This guide provides resources for individuals, teams, departments and units to engage in developing racial literacy, learning more about racial equity issues, and reflection towards building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community.

Week 2 Overview - Examining Identity and Intersectionality

Welcome to Week 2! Congratulations on making it to this next phase of the challenge. Now that we have established foundational knowledge and history, we turn towards some introspection to start off Week 2, as we examine our own concepts of our racial identity and racial identity formation and interrogate our positionality, power and privilege.

Each day features a selection of recommended activities and probing questions to Read, Watch, Listen and Engage with. You don't have to do every one, but we encourage you to select at least 2. We also encourage you to take time to journal your reflections each day in response to the questions prompts or recommended activities you choose. If you are engaging with this challenge as part of a larger group we invite you to find ways to share your learning as a community in your physical and virtual spaces such a Jamboards, weekly huddles, Teams and Zoom discussion groups.

If you want to take a deeper dive into any of this week's concepts there are recommendations for Supplemental Resources and Further Learning including books, films, podcasts and more.

Day 8: The Social Construct of Race

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  • How do ideas about race effect how we see ourselves and others?

  • Can you give a personal example of how race is socially constructed?

  • Consider, how do the physical, social, legal and historical constructions of race affect my community? My institution? My colleagues? My patients? Myself?

Supplemental Resources

Day 9: Racial Identity Development

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  • How do you think about your racial identity and its relevance to your work, your career or your research? When did you first become aware of your racial identity? What messages did you learn about race from your school and family? When has how others perceived your racial identity affected how they treat you?

  • Explore the resources from The New York Times 26 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students collection

Supplemental Resources

Day 10: Privilege, Power and Positionality

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  • Episode One of the Nice White Parents podcast "The Book of Statuses" created by Serial and The New York Times (1 hr)

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  • Check out this privilege quiz from Buzzfeed. Scoring of the quiz is not necessary, rather consider how these different intersectional identities of socioeconomic status, ability, race, gender identity, sexuality, faith, etc. contribute to your experience of privilege.

  • What percentage of the day are you able to be with people of your own racial identity? Consider how similar or dissimilar your educational, economic and cultural background is to your colleagues.

  • Privilege is one of those terms that has been misused by many, previously when you heard someone use the term "privilege" what images, connotations or values did you associate with it? Has your perspective changed? Why or why not?

Supplemental Resources

Day 11: Intersectionality

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  • Explore the Identity Wheel and the Gender Unicorn. Consider your own intersectional identity. How does your racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexuality, ability, religious, etc. identity influence your life? Which identity or identities do you feel the strongest affinity with? Do your identities ever feel like they are in conflict?

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Day 12: Power, Oppression and Voter Suppression

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  • Explore the learning guide "Social Identities and Systems of Oppression" from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • Consider some of the historical events and truths discussed during Week 1 of the challenge. How do you think individuals, institutions and those in the dominant position in American society justified this cruelty? What kept those with power from acknowledging the humanity of those they held power over?

  • Reflect on your own positionality and places where you have power in your work, family and community. How can you use that power locally, where you care, to first notice and then dismantle systems of oppression?

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Day 13: Tribalism and Empathy

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  • Because humans almost universally group ourselves together through kinship relationships, geographic proximity or shared affinities, how can we take the good parts of belonging to a cohesive community while using empathy to avoid the downsides of tribalism?

  • Explore The Power of Empathy conversation guide from Living Room Conversations. Answer some of the questions in your journal. Is this an activity you could bring to your family dinner table? Next staff meeting? Group learning activity? Club meeting?

  • Explore the Tribalism 101 conversation guide from Living Room Conversations. What are your hopes and concerns for your community?

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Day 14: Marginalized Voices

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  • Explore the "Listening Courageously" conversation guide from Living Room Conversations.

  • Explore the resources available through We Need Diverse Books

  • What ways can you make sure you are hearing the voices and stories from marginalized communities? How would greater awareness of these stories change your perspectives? Can you think of a time when you discovered a previously hidden piece of history?

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Further Learning

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