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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 4 Overview - Engaging and Allying

Welcome to Week 4! We are excited you've decided to do the full 30-Day Challenge. This week we will be pushing forward from last week and turning towards ways to be a better ally, taking time to celebrate Black Joy, and uplifting the expression of marginalized voices through advocacy and the arts.

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.

Come back for the final two days of the challenge, important reflections and resources for next steps under the Moving Forward tab.

Day 22: Black Lives Matter

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  • Explore the Black Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter Boston website, follow their social media, and check out information on any upcoming local events.

  • Explore White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) and learn more about the WC4BL Chapter at UMass Chan

  • Why do you think it might be important to highlight the fact that Black lives matter in the context of our cultural history and present-day culture? Have you encountered statements like "All lives matter" or "Blue lives matter"? What message do you think these intend to communicate? Are they in opposition to the statement "Black lives matter"? If so, how so?

Day 23: Compassion and Restorative Justice

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  • Compassion means "to suffer together". Learn more about compassion from Greater Good Science Center. How can you apply compassion, and the idea of suffering together, to an anti-racist framework? Take the Compassionate Love Quiz, but replace "partner" with a person from a marginalized group.

  • What does kindness mean to you? What does compassion mean to you? When do you see people struggle to extend kindness or compassion? What are some of your own barriers to extending kindness and compassion to others?

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Day 24: Black Joy

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  • Check out or purchase a copy of a book from this Black Joy! reading list

  • Many marginalized communities are depicted in media, films and books primarily as victims, perpetrators or in traumatic situations and more rarely with the full complement of human experience and emotion. How does embracing Black Joy help us to see the full humanity of those who have been othered? If you are a member of a dominant-identity community, how can you encourage and create space for Joy for others? If you are a member of a minoritized community, how can you find or make space for Joy, not only as an act of resistance, but also Joy for its own sake?

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Day 25: Addressing Racism in Your Community

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  • Does your professional organization or interest group have a DEI committee? How can you join with your professional colleagues to engage in diversity and equity efforts? 

  • Have you registered to vote? If not learn how to register to vote in Massachusetts or around the US

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Day 26: Elevate Marginalized Voices

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  • When seeking feedback or planning for research in your work, whose voices do you prioritize? Do you consider the ways learners, patients or clients have expertise to add?

  • Consider your social media consumption. In what ways might algorithms limit the perspectives and voice you are exposed to? How can you be intentional about seeking out marginalized voices in your media consumption?

Day 27: On Being an Ally, Accomplice and Upstander

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  • Sign up for a training on being an upstander or addressing bias from UMass Chan's Diversity and Inclusion Office

  • How can you work today to be a better ally? How can you work to disarm the effects of the "diffusion of responsibility" as a bystander? How can you take steps towards being an accomplice or co-conspirator?

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Day 28: Celebrate Creativity

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  • Support a local Black-owned business. Here are lists for Boston and Worcester.

  • Explore an exhibit of art from minoritized creators, like the Afrofuturist Period Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the galleries of Art Against Racism.

  • Explore playlists on your favorite music streaming service or check out some of the films or TV shows mentioned in the Further Learning resources. How can you work to include more diverse creators in the art, music and media you consume?

Further Learning

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