Equity Challenge

Equity Challenge


United Way of Greater New Haven is committed to deepen our understanding and knowledge of the issues of racism, white supremacy, and oppression and the impact they make in the lives of our neighbors. In the spirit of shared learning, we are hosting a series of “5-Day Equity Challenges” to explore the impact of racism across different issues – housing, education, health, and more. We invite you to take part and we encourage you to share the Equity Challenge opportunities with your colleagues, friends, family members or anyone you think might benefit.  

This month, United Way of Greater New Haven is preparing to launch its 5th Equity Challenge with the theme, “Having Courageous Conversations.” Join us virtually on January 25th (3:30pm- 5:00pm) for a Challenge Kickoff Panel with local GNH leaders who will share their experience having challenging conversations in their work and personal lives for the pursuit and promotion of equity. Participants will leave inspired with actionable, concrete ways to achieve this in our everyday lives. Closed captioning and Spanish translation will be available.

New this year is a virtual Community Conversation Facilitator’s Training to provide participants with the skills and confidence to hold community conversations on their own with their colleagues, neighbors, civic groups, or faith community. United Way is partnering with Southern CT State University’s Integrated Justice and Social Change Collaborative to design and facilitate the facilitator’s training. Sign up by indicating your interest below.

Please fill out the form below to sign up for our upcoming Equity Challenge events: the "Having Courageous Conversations" webinar January 25th, the Community Conversations Facilitator Training January 27th, and the 5-Day Equity Challenge that takes place January 30-February 3.

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What is the Equity Challenge?

The Equity Challenge is a commitment to devote 10-15 minutes a day for 5 days to learn about the foundations of racism and the different ways that bias, privilege, oppression, and trauma show up in our everyday lives. With this deeper understanding of foundations of racism and how it shapes different people’s lived experiences, we can do our part to make positive change in our community. The Equity Challenge can be an impactful journey for everyone – no matter where you come from or how you identify yourself.

How Did it Begin?

The Equity Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks, and Debby Irving and was adapted by Food Solutions New England.  From there, it was made available to other organizations, including the United Way of Washtenaw County, from whom we received supportive guidance in designing our own Challenge. We offer the Equity Challenge, adapted for our community, as an important part of our commitment to build an equitable community for all.

How Does it Work?

Every morning of the 5-day Challenge, you’ll receive an email prompt with readings, videos, or podcasts that last 10-15 minutes.  If you choose, you can share your reflections and “Aha!” moments using the hashtags #unitedforequity and #uwgnhequitychallenge and tagging us @UnitedWayofGreaterNewHaven.


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