YWCA Racial Justice Challenge

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YWCA Racial Justice Challenge

We are excited to announce that the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge will return for its 3rd year on April 17th – May 15th, 2023. The YWCA 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.

2023 Topics

New content is published daily (except for weekends) for the duration of the challenge. Each week we cover a different topic relating to equity and social justice. Below is an overview of what we will cover in 2023. 

 

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.

See content from 2022 and 2021

Honoring the Work

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh 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 in partnership with YWCA Greater Cleveland staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.

Interested in sponsoring the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge? Contact Ginny Giles at ggiles@ywcapgh.org.