Diversity & Inclusion Challenge


Photo of the Catering team.Join us for 10 weeks of learning and engagement focused around diversity and inclusion. This 10-Week Challenge is designed to open  up dialogues about race and social issues that affect both our personal and professional lives. A weekly agenda, content, and Zoom session links will be sent to participants via email by 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

You can download a recording of the kickoff meeting here

Some challenge activities include: 

  • Weekly group discussions
  • Hassle-free personal reflection activities
  • Guest speaker rountables
  • Comfort-zone challenges

Week 10: Disrupting the Status Quo / The Need for New Narratives / Becoming Anti-Racist

Overview: In the final week of this challenge, participants will take the information that they have learned in the previous weeks and apply it to solutions that improve their workplace, community and themselves.  Participants will learn that in order to be an anti-racist organization, they must work to embrace and celebrate all intersections of identity (regardless of race, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and others).  Participants will explore and investigate solutions for racial inequity in their workplace and community.  Participants will think about what racial equity could look like in their community, what changes could be made, and how these changes would affect their relationships, workplace, and community. 

End of Week 10 Challenge: After 10-weeks, it is time to decompress and destress.  You have taken in a lot of information and it is always important to stay grounded. WATCH and COMPLETE "Short Calming Mindfulness Meditation to Clear the Clutter in your Mind / Mindful Movement"


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday November 16, 2020

How do we embrace diversity?   

WATCH "Embracing Diversity" then using social distancing precautions, find a partner (co-worker or challenge participant) of a different cultural background and/or other demographic and COMPLETE to activity simulated in the video and REFLECT on the following question, "What does it mean to embrace diversity?"

We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED 

How to Seek Out and Celebrate Diversity In and Out of Your Community 

Embracing Diversity 

Tuesday November 17, 2020

How do I get comfortable with being uncomfortable?   

COMPLETE the reflection activities at the end of the Future Learn readings Part 1 and Part 2.

Defining comfortable diversity - Future Learn Part 1 

Uncomfortable diversity - Future Learn Part 2 

Why Inclusion Means Getting Comfortable With Discomfort 

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi 

Wednesday November 18, 2020

How do we approach diversity in the workplace?   

What is Allyship? 

After you WATCH "Inclusion Starts with I", REFLECT on the following question, "How will I start to be more inclusive and encourage others to be more inclusive in the workplace?" 

15 Ways to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace 

3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace | Melinda Epler 

Inclusion Starts With I 

Thursday November 19, 2020

How do we approach racial equity at work?

WATCH and READ "5 Ways to Approach Racial Equity at Work" video series and REFLECT on the following question, "How can I apply some of the advice in my unit?"   

BONUS CONTENT: For additional resources, you can DOWNLOAD a free copy of "Awake to Woke to Work" for more information on approaching racial equity at work. 

5 ways to approach racial equity at work 

Awake to Woke to Work 

Friday November 20, 2020

Is it enough to be "Not Racist"?   

How do I work to be Anti-Racist?

READ or LISTEN to 'Not Racist' Is Not Enough: Putting in The Work to Be Anti-Racist, REFLECT on the following question, "How has the challenge come full-circle for me and how have I approached being anti-racist?   

For a Deeper DiveWATCH "The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist" 

Not Racist' Is Not Enough: Putting In The Work To Be Anti-Racist 

The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi 

Saturday November 21, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Ten 

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 9: Minority Demographics – People with Disabilities

Overview: "People with disabilities face widespread discrimination, segregation, and exclusion.  But federal disability rights laws can provide protection." (ACLU.org) Participants will learn of current social injustice issues that people with disabilities face and the need to push for change to reform the institutions that perpetuate discrimination in employment, service, and violence against people with disabilities.  Using an intersectional lens, participants will explore how the intersections of multiple marginalized identities along with socio-economic factors impact people with disabilities.  Be aware that while this week will offer an introduction to current social injustice issues for people with disabilities, it is by no means comprehensive and requires much more learning. 

End of Week 9 Challenge:Visit the UGA Disability Resource Center website and see what resources are available for the UGA Campus Community.  Based on their offerings, how might your workplace increase awareness of the availability of these resources.
Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.    


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday November 9, 2020

What is the history of the disability’s rights movement?  

How are disability rights impacted around the world?   

What is ableism?   

After reviewing the material for today, REFLECT on the following question, "Which events in history had the most significant impact on your view of people with disabilities?" 

Interactive Timeline of Disability Rights in the U.S. 

Factsheet on Person with Disabilities - United Nations 

Ableism 101 - Access Living 

The Discrimination You've Never Heard Of | Alan Raskin | TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool

Tuesday November 10, 2020

What is life like for people with disabilities in America?   

What is life like for people with disabilities around the world?   

After reviewing the material for today, REFLECT on the following question, " Have you ever been ostracized or witnesses someone being ostracized because of their disability?  If so, how did it make you feel?" 

Life As An Adult With Special Needs 

Living with disability | PEOPLE 

Why My Disability Doesn't Stop Me From Living 

Wednesday November 11, 2020

How do people with disabilities experience discrimination in schools, the workplace and other fields of service? 

Using an intersectional lens, CREATE a list of challenges people with disabilities may face daily based on intersectional factors such as race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. 

Disability Discrimination 

Know Your Right-Disability Rights - ACLU 

Texas allows social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients 

How are people with disabilities being snubbed in the workplace? 

INVESTIGATION: Complaint of disability discrimination against Pender Schools 

Thursday November 12, 2020

How do we address violence against people with disabilities?

After reviewing the material for today, REFLECT on the following question, "In what ways can I be an advocate for people with disabilities who are victims of violent acts." 

Violence against adults and children with disabilities 

Violence against women with disabilities 

Violent attacks against disabled people on the rise in Northern Ireland 

Disability hate crime victim speaks 

Thieves target armless artist 

Friday November 13, 2020

How do you aid in the fight for equal rights and protection under the law for people with disabilities?

CREATE a list of solutions to how we change the way we think about disabilities.

Purposeful Steps Away From Ableism | Alyson Seale | TEDxChilliwack 

The Truth About Growing Up Disabled | Dylan Alcott | TEDxYouth@Sydney 

Saturday November 14, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Nine 

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 8: Minority Demographics – LGBTQ+

Overview: "It takes no compromise to give people their rights," Harvey Milk said in 1976, "It takes no money to respect the individual.  It takes no political deal to give people freedom.  It takes no survey to remove repression." (BusinessInsider.com) Participants will learn of current social injustice issues that the LGBTQ+ community face and the need to push for change to reform the institutions that perpetuate discrimination in employment, services, and violence against the LGBTQ+ community.  Using an intersectional lens, participants will explore how the intersections of multiple marginalized identities along with socio-economic factors impact the LGBTQ+ community.  Be aware that while this week will offer an introduction to current social injustice issues for women, it is by no means comprehensive and requires much more learning.

End of Week 8 Challenge: TAKE the "The Facts: LGBT Anti-Discrimination Quiz” and REFLECT on your results with a Challenge Participant.  –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.    


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday November 2, 2020

What is the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world? 

How are LGBTQ+ rights impacted around the world? 

After reviewing the material for today, REFLECT on the following question, "Which events in history had the most significant impact on your view of LGBTQ+ rights?"

 

A Living History of the LGBT Movement Since The 1800s 

 Timeline Events in LGBT Equality | Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr  

Snapshot of gay rights around the globe - BBC News 

The Stonewall Riots: How the gay rights movement began 

A timeline of LGBTQ rights in America, from Stonewall to the Supreme Court 

 

Tuesday November 3, 2020

What is it like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community in America? 

What is it like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community around the world?   

After reviewing the material for today, REFLECT on the following questions, "If you were or have been ostracized because of who you are, how would that make you feel?" and using an intersectional lens, CREATE a list of challenges LGBTQ+ people may face daily based on intersectional factors such as race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. 

This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around the World | Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols | TED Talks 

Being gay in America is still a radical act 

Wednesday November 4, 2020

What makes up a family?

How do you define family?

After watching the "What Would You Do?" scenario, REFLECT on what your reaction would be if you ever witnessed the same scenario in person and how do you feel about the participant views in the experience? 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents 

LGBT Families Talk About What Makes A Family // Sponsored by JOHNSON’S® 

Gay fathers condemned for raising child without 'mom': Part 1 | What Would You Do? 

Facts Sheet (PDF) 

Facts Sheet 2 (PDF) 

Thursday November 5, 2020

How do people in the LGBTQ+ community experience discrimination in schools, the workplace, and other fields of service? 

Using an intersectional lens, CREATE a list of challenges LGBTQ+ people may face daily based on intersectional factors such as race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. 

“We Don’t Serve Your Kind Here.” 

LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace 

Supreme Court makes historic ruling on LGBT employment discrimination (UPDATE) 

For LGBTQ patients, discrimination can become a barrier to medical care 

Their Baby Was Denied Access to Care Because They Are Gay 

Friday November 6, 2020

How do we address violence against the LGBTQ+ community?

How do we aide in the fight equal rights for LGBTQ+ community?

MAKE the CONNECTION between violence against LGBTQ+ people and education levels and other socioeconomic factors. 

LGBT Americans target of violent hate crimes more than any other group 

ENDING VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE (PDF) 

Saturday November 7, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Eight

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 7: Minority Demographics – Women

Overview: "Despite the tremendous progress made in the struggle for gender equality, women still face violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers to equal participation in society." - (ACLU.org) Participants will learn of current social injustice issues that women face and the need to push for change to reform the institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women in employment, education and violence against women. Using an intersectional lens, participants will explore how the intersections of multiple marginalized identities along with socio-economic factors impact women. Be aware that while this week will offer an introduction to current social injustice issues for women, it is by no means comprehensive and requires much more learning.

End of Week 7 Challenge: THINK about what you wanted to be when you were a child and REFLECT on the barriers, if any, you would face that would you to change your choice now? Was gender an advantage of disadvantage? –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday October 26, 2020

What is the history of the women's rights movement in the United States?   

How are women's rights impacted around the world?

REFLECT on the following questions, "What key moments in history surprised you?"  and "What key moment in history triggered you?"  

OR 

For a Deeper Dive into Women's Rights COMPLETE the "A to Z of Women's Rights live worksheet.   

***Please note, the Deeper Dive Activity may deal with content that you do not agree with, but this activity is meant for learning purposes of basic terms and concepts. *** 

 

Stepping Through History - U.S. News World Report 

Women of the World, Unite! - UNWOMEN 

A global history of women's rights, in 3 minutes - UN Women 

A to Z of Women's Rights 

 

Tuesday October 27, 2020

How are women's rights in education impacted in the United States?   

How are women's rights in education impacted around the world? 

After watching the 1961 debate, "Is education a waste of time for married women?", COMPARE the opinions of the women then to your opinions of the question today?  Does your current opinion align with either of the women?  How do you think the women will feel about women in society today? 

Girls' education - Unicef 

Mind the Gap: 5 Facts About the Gender Gap in Education 

Gender Stereotypes and Education - European Institute for Gender Equality 

Is education a waste of time for married women? (1961) | RetroFocus 

Wednesday October 28, 2020

How are women's rights in the Workplace impacted in the United States?   

How are women's rights in the workplace impacted around the world?   

After watching "The Most Sexist Things Women Have Experienced at Work", CREATE a list of things that you have said or experienced and REFLECT on how you feel about those statements after reviewing the material. 

5 Top Issues Fueling Gender Inequality in the Workplace 

6 Ways To Convince Someone The Gender Pay Gap Is Real | CNBC 

Why Did Hundreds of Thousands of Women Drop Out of the Work Force? - The New York Times 

The Most Sexist Things Women Have Experienced at Work #BeBoldForChange 

Thursday October 29, 2020

What are the causes and leading factors of violence against women? 

How do we address violence against women?   

After reading "WHO - Violence Against Women" Make the CONNECTION between the factors for violence against women and education and other socioeconomic factors. 

Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Women - a public health issue 

WHO - Violence against women: Strengthening the health system response 

Genocide' Has Been Committed Against Indigenous Women And Girls, Canadian Panel Says - NPR 

WHO - Violence against women 

Let’s talk about violence against women | Lily Banda | TEDxLilongwe 

Friday October 30, 2020

How do we aide in the fight for gender equality?   

CREATE a list of ways we can create gender equality within our workplace in areas we feel need improvement.  If not, CREATE a list of things we have done well to create gender equality within our workplace.   

Gender Equality 

Gender equality in the workplace - Guidant Global 

Closing The Gender Gap 

Ending violence against women with numbers and stories | Mary Ellsberg | TEDxFoggyBottom 

Saturday October 31, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Seven   

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 6: Minority Demographics – Indigenous People

Overview: Participants will learn that the legacies of how Indigenous peoples were treated historically is deeply connected to current traumas and outcomes in Indigenous communities. Using an intersectional lens, participants will explore how the intersection of multiple marginalized identities along with socio-economic factors impact Indigenous people. Participants will also learn about current social justice issues that Indigenous communities are rallying behind. Be aware that while this week will offer an introduction to current Indigenous communities, it is by no means comprehensive and requires much more learning.

End of Week 6 Challenge: After completing this week's materials, DISCUSS ways Indigenous people can receive equity and fair opportunities in society. –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday October 19, 2020

What happened when Europeans came to the Americas and how did they settle the land?   

What was their relationship with Indigenous people?   

Does this have any relevance today? 

REVIEW the Native Voices Timeline and try to connect the past to current socio-economic factors that impact marginalized Indigenous people in the present day.  

OR  

LOOK UP which Indigenous tribes inhabited the land in your community prior to the arrival of Europeans. What happened to the Indigenous people and their practices. Where are they now? 

 Native Voices – Colonizers and Resistance Timeline 

 Conquistadors: Online Learning Adventure – PBS 

Frequently Asked Questions - US Department of the Interior Indian Affairs 

Activity Map 

Tuesday October 20, 2020

What are Native reservations like today?   

Do all Indigenous people live on reservations?   

After reviewing the material for today, REFLECT on the following question, “How has demographics and socio-economic factors shaped and impacted Native reservations and Indigenous people today? 

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs - RECAP 

Trauma lives on in Native Americans by making us sick – while the US looks away - The Guardian 

Most Native Americans live in cities, not reservations. Here are their stories 

The Historic and Ongoing Issue of Health Disparities Among Native Elders - American Society on Aging ASA 

Wednesday October 21, 2020

Why do people protest mascots like the Seminoles?   

Why can't I wear an Indigenous costume for Halloween? 

After reviewing the material for today, COMPARE and CONTRAST the concepts of Blackface and Colorism to the offensive misrepresentation of Indian Culture. How does the misrepresentation affect the identity of Indigenous people?

Ending the Era of Harmful “Indian” Mascots - National Congress of American Indians 

Indigenous In Plain Sight | Gregg Deal | TEDxBoulder 

Thursday October 22, 2020

Why were Indigenous persons protesting the pipelines in the Dakotas?  

REFLECT on the following question, "What other social injustices can you think of that directly impact Indigenous people and how does their resilience create awareness?" 

The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights | Tara Houska 

What Happened After Standing Rock? - BuzzFeed News 

Friday October 23, 2020

How were/are Native Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

REFLECT on the following question, "Compared to other marginalized groups, how do Native American fare during the pandemic and how can their circumstance be improved?" 

Using all the information provided for this week, complete “Week 6 Challenge”—SEE ABOVE   

For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time’ - The Harvard Gazette 

Native communities have been hit hard by COVID-19 -- and fear for their survival 

COVID-19’s Particular Threat to Native American Communities 

Saturday October 24, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Six   

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 5: Understanding Demographics and Socioeconomics

Overview: Participants will take a look into how demographics and socioeconomics affect identity and economic disparities. The starkest divides are in measures of household wealth, health, and education reflecting centuries of disparities that have made it difficult for some people to achieve economic security. Participants will understand how a history of inequalities continues to affect marginalized groups and how these inequities and disparities creates vulnerabilities within society.

End of Week 5 Challenge:REVIEW the demographics for Athens-Clarke County in "Envision Athens" (PDF) and DISCUSS the trends that you see with a challenge participant.  –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday October 12, 2020

What role does demographics and socioeconomics play in identity formation?  

READ the "Examples of Socio-Economic Status Privilege" and REFLECT on how many of the examples you relate to.

20 Facts About U.S. Inequality that Everyone Should Know 

Examples of Socio-economic Status Privilege (PDF) 

Tuesday October 13, 2020

Why are some Americans disproportionately living in poverty?

COMPLETE the "Could you survive in poverty? - Survey and REFLECT on your results?

Working Woman Testifies About Reality Of Poverty In The U.S. | NowThis 

How Housing Redlining Contributed to the Racial Wealth Gap and Segregation | NowThis 

UGA researcher: For Athens poor, life gets worse 

Could you survive in poverty? - Survey (PDF) 

Wednesday October 14, 2020

How was the "wealth gap" formed? Is the "wealth gap" widening or narrowing? 

REFLECT on the following question "Am I getting my fair share of the pie?" 

Americans know wealth inequality is a problem, but what does it look like? 

Why The Inequality Gap Is Growing Between Rich And Poor 

Invisibility of Race In Gender Pay Gap Discussions 

Thursday October 15, 2020

What is the correlation between demographics and health, education and wealth?

REFLECT on the following question "In what ways does my identity and intersectionality put me at a socio-economic advantage and/or disadvantage?"

Dr. David R. Williams : The Social Factors of Health 

How America's public schools keep kids in poverty | Kandice Sumner 

Invisibility of Race In Gender Pay Gap Discussions 

Friday October 16, 2020

What is the correlation between COVID-19 and our understanding of demographics and socio-economics? 

Why do underrepresented minorities die at higher rates from COVID-19 in the United States?  

After going through the material, REFLECT on the following questions, "In what ways have I prepared myself and my family for the pandemic? and What socio-economic factors did I consider when making my preparations?" 

Using all the information provided for this week, complete “Week 5 Challenge”—SEE ABOVE   

How COVID-19 is highlighting racial disparities in Americans' health 

Why the pandemic is making U.S. economic inequality even worse 

Racial Economic Inequality 

Is your neighborhood raising your coronavirus risk? Redlining decades ago set communities up for greater danger

Saturday October 17, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Five   

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 4: Levels of Racism – Institutional Racism and Professionalism

Overview: Participants will understand how the rules created in professional environments prioritize certain identities and promote a culture of dominance for the majority. People of Color, in order to gain entry to these professional environments and climb the professional ladder, are often forced to assimilate to this dominant "professional" culture and give up parts of their identity.

End of Week 4 Challenge: DESIGN your ideal workplace and discuss your vision with a co-worker or challenge participant. What does it look like? What do the conversations sound like? What does it feel like in your ideal work environment? –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday October 5, 2020

What is Institutional Racism?

WATCH the Oxford Union Debate Series with debaters David Webb and Donald Mayfield Brown.  What was your reception of the debate argument?  Did the debate for or against the status quo, change your view on Institutional Racism?

"Racism is Real" - Black Youth Project - (Video) 

Donald Mayfield Brown - The United States is Institutionally Racist 

David Webb - The United States is Not Institutionally Racist (Video) 

Tuesday October 6, 2020

What is unconscious and implicit bias and how does it manifest itself in the workplace?

What are the racial connotations of the word "professionalism" and how does unconscious and implicit bias shape our view of the word "professionalism"?

Take the "Project Implicit" Implicit Association Test on Race, SELECT (Race IAT) on the menu options.  After reviewing your results, REFLECT on how the information shapes your view on professionalism? 

The Bias of "Professionalism" Standards - Stanford Social Innovation Review 

Implicit Bias, Lifelong Impact 

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace - Yvette Gatling 

Unconscious Bias @ Work - Diversity & Inclusion Training 

Select "Race IAT" from the list of test available - Project Implicit 

Wednesday October 7, 2020

How much thought do you put into your work attire?  

Have you ever been singled out or written up for your work attire or professionalism?  

What would cause you to push back on some professional work standards such as hairstyles, dress codes, or even performance standards?  

REFLECT on the following question, "When you wake up in the morning and get dressed for work, what are 3 things that you consider before you determine your look for the day?" 

Employers Have Policed Black Hair for Decade.  These Four Women Have Had Enough - Lindsay Schallon - GLAMOUR 

Op-Ed: Quebec's ban on religious clothing is chilling: To be like us, you must dress like us - Mashoka Maimona - Los Angeles Times 

Appearance Discrimination: Is it Illegal? - Jeff Jones - Upper Cumberland Business Journal 

Thursday October 8, 2020

What is code switching?  

What is tokenism?  

What is gatekeeping?   

After reviewing the content for today, REFLECT on different ways you may have code-switched to fit in among your co-workers. 

Code Switching - Video 

Tokenism: How to ensure racialized employees don't feel tokenized in the workplace 

Dealing with "gatekeepers" at work: Beware of Dr. No - David Yamada - Minding the Workplace 

Friday October 9, 2020

How do you re-define the term "Professionalism"?

CREATE your own definition of professionalism and what that means to you.  How do you apply your definition of professionalism within your department?  Challenge of the Week:   

  

Using all the information provided for this week, complete “Week 4 Challenge”- SEE ABOVE 

Unconscious Bias at Work - Making the Unconscious Conscious 

How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace - Jane Stovall 

Saturday October 10, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Four   

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 3: Levels of Racism – Internalized/Interpersonal Racism and Microaggressions

Overview: Participants will learn about two of four levels of racism (internalized and interpersonal). Participants will consider how racism has come to be manifested as internalized racial inferiority on the part of People of Color or as internalized racial superiority of White people. Internalized racial inferiority is understood as self-hate due to systemic racial oppression of People of Color. Participants will investigate how internalized racism shows up in your home, school, community, places of worship, workplace, and other community spaces. Participants will also learn about interpersonal racism and bystander intervention. To better understand the different ways interpersonal racism is exercised, participants will learn about microaggressions. Participants will also learn how to disrupt situations of interpersonal racism through positive bystander intervention.

End of Week 2 Challenge: CREATE a list of 5 microaggressions and/or stereotypes you have used recently and discuss them with a co-worker or challenge participant? After reviewing the content, why are they offensive? If you could rephrase your statements, what would you have said instead? –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday September 28, 2020

How has your race influenced your sense of self?

After reading "Four Levels of Racism", REFLECT on the small group discussions questions located at the end of the article from the internalized and Interpersonal racism perspective.

Four Levels of Racism - Race Forward Model 

 

Internalized Racism with Dee Watts-Jones - Ackerman Institute Video 

 

Cracking the Codes - Hugh Vasquez, Internalized Oppression Video 

Tuesday September 29, 2020

In what ways has racism been traumatic to you and/or people you know?   

Has racism affected how you perceive your own communities?   

LISTEN or READ the transcript of the "Seeing White" podcast and REFLECT on the conversation.  Did you understand the perspective of John Biewen? 

"My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies" 

 

Seeing White with John Biewen and Chenjerai Kumanyika Podcast Episode 

Wednesday September 30, 2020

What steps can I take to dismantle racism?

After reviewing the content REFLECT on steps that you have taken or would consider taking to dismantle internalized racism?

Dismantling Racism - Internalizations 

 

Why My "Good Intentions" Aren't Enough to Dismantle White Superiority - Francesca Moroney - Everyday Democracy 

 

Black Kids are Watching This Moment. What Will it Teach Them? - Dr. Brittani James - Vox 

Thursday October 1, 2020

What is a microaggression? 

After reading "21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis, REFLECT on how many of microaggressions you receive on a daily basis or how many you have said without thought.  How do you feel after receiving this information?

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis - Buzzfeed 

 

Microaggressions Video 

Friday October 2, 2020

How do racial stereotypes play out in your everyday interactions with other people?  

What sh/could I do to intervene in a situation of racial harassment?

WATCH "Cracking the Codes" and REFLECT on what you would have done in that situation if you were a patron of the grocery store witnessing what happened to Joy DeGruy?  Was the store clerk right at any point?  Did the people around them handle the situation properly? 

 

Using all the information provided for this week, complete “Week 3 Challenge”- SEE ABOVE  

Cracking the Codes - Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store - Video 

 

Eliminating Microaggression: The Next Level of Inclusion' - Tiffany Alvoid - TEDxOakland 

 

Getting Called Out: How to Apologize 

Saturday October 3, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Three  

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 2: White Privilege & Intersectionality / Getting to the Roots of Whiteness & Anti-Blackness

Overview: Participants will learn about unearned White privilege as a legacy and cause of racism. Participants will learn that "White privilege is not the suggestion that White people have never struggled" but instead that White people have, as noted by Francis E. Kendall, "greater access to power and resources than People of Color (in the same situation) do." Participants will learn about the concept of intersectionality, created by Kimerble' Crenshaw. Intersectionality allows participants to look at how all of their different identities (race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, economic status, etc.) can collectively affect their life experience, as opposed to viewing them all separately.

End of Week 2 Challenge: Show the covert and overt White Supremacy Pyramid to a family member and discuss. What reactions did you receive? What were their interpretations? Were their interpretations shaped or influenced by your own interpretations? Was it a difficult image to discuss. Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday September 21, 2020

What is intersectionality and how am I impacted by it?

Activity 1: WATCH “What is Intersectionality?” and “The Urgency of Intersectionality?” –Kimberle’ Crenshaw and reflect on how you are impacted by Intersectionality either at work or in your personal life. 

 

OR 

 

Activity 2: WATCH “What is Intersectionality?” Summary and using the Intersectionality Diagram, Reflect on how each overlapping connection affects you.

What is Intersectionality? - Kimberle' Crenshaw 

 

The Urgency of Intersectionality - Kimberle' Crenshaw 

 

What is Intersectionality? (Summary) 

 

Intersectionality Diagram 

 

Tuesday September 22, 2020

What is White Privilege?  

What are some examples?  

Who experiences White privilege?

COMPLETE the White Privilege Checklist Worksheet and reflect on your responses. Do you feel that all statements listed reflect white privilege or could they be based on other social characteristics?

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh (PDF) 

 

Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person - Fina Crosley-Corcoran - Huffpost 

 

White Privilege Checklist - Worksheet (PDF) 

Wednesday September 23, 2020

Aren’t Neo-Nazi’s and the alt right the White supremacists? I’m not like them so how am I perpetuating White Supremacy? 

How have I benefited from or been disadvantaged by White Supremacy?

READ “The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture” and WATCH “Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo” then DEFINE your perception of White Supremacy prior to reading and watching the materials and compare it to the feelings you have now.  Did your perception change? Why or why not? 

The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture 

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo 

Thursday September 24, 2020

Examples of White Supremacy

What is Colorism? 

Why is Blackface offensive? 

Why is it not offensive for Black people to dress up in “Whiteface”? 

REFLECT on the FOCUS Question for today, “Why is it not offensive for Black people to dress up in “Whiteface”? Should it be?  

"What's 'Colorism'?"-David Knight -Teaching Tolerance 

The Difference Between Racism and Colorism -Lori L. Tharps - Time 

POC Discuss the impact of 'colorism'-GMA 

Don't Get Why Blackface is Offensive? Here's Why It is (and Why It Matters) - Lizz Schumer - Good Housekeeping 

Blackface: A cultural history of a racist art form - CBS Sunday Mornings 

Friday September 25, 2020

Examples of White Supremacy

Why do many people want confederate symbols (statues, flags, other landmarks) removed?  

WATCH “The Confederate Battle Flag: Heritage or Hate” and “Mitch Landrieu addresses removal of Confederate statues –The Washington Post” and Reflect on the question, “Is the debate about confederate monuments and symbolism a “one-sided argument”? 

  

Using all the information provided for this week, complete “Week 2 Challenge”- SEE ABOVE  

The Confederate Battle Flag: Heritage or Hate? 

Mitch Landrieu addresses removal of Confederate statues - The Washington Post 

Saturday September 26, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week Two  

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.


Week 1: Kickoff Meeting / Racial Identity Formation and Racial Socialization

Overview: This week will be a starting point to begin the discussion on racial identity and equity. Participants will learn basic concepts and develop an understanding of the formation of racial identity and racial socialization.

End of Week 1 Challenge: Using all the information provided for this week, have a conversation with someone (D&I Challenge Participant or co-worker) of a different race or cultural background and ask them “What is their perception of you with race being a factor of their perception and what is their perception of you without race being a factor?” –Conversation must be a minimum of 15 minutes.


Diversity & Inclusion Challenge Weekly Schedule:

Date Focus Question(s) Focus Activity Daily Content
Monday September 14, 2020

What is racial identity?

KICKOFF MEETING: live via Zoom

Activity 1: Complete the Personal Identity Wheel

Activity 2: Think of 10 adjectives that identify who you are and reflect on your choices and why they represent you. 

Summary of Stages of Racial Identity Development - Racial Equity Tools (PDF)

Personal Identity Wheel

 

Tuesday September 15, 2020

How has race impacted my life?

WATCH: “A Conversation on Race Series” –The New York Times (Videos) and think of a situation that occurred in your life that was racially motivated that impacted you positively or negatively, and reflect on how that experience shaped your views on race.

A Conversation with Black Women On Race - The New York Times

A Conversation with White People on Race

A Conversation with Asian Americans on Race

A Conversation with Latinos on Race

A Conversation with Native Americans on Race

Wednesday September 16, 2020

How are my ideas and beliefs about race formed?

Activity 1: Complete the Social Identity Wheel

Activity 2: Create a list (minimum of 5) ways that ideas and beliefs are shaped by race.  Which idea and/or beliefs plays the biggest role in forming race?

"Why All Parents Should Talk With Their Kids About Social Identity" - Corey Turner - NPR

Social Identity Wheel (PDF)

Thursday September 17, 2020

What is racial socialization?

WATCH: “A Conversation with My Black Son”, “A Conversation About Growing Up Black” and “A Conversation with Police on Race” –The New York Times (Videos) and reflect on the following question “What social factors may have contributed to the perceptions of the people in the videos?”

Resilience Initiative - American Psychological Association

A Conversation with My Black Son

A Conversation About Growing Up Black

A Conversation with Police on Race

Friday September 18, 2020

What factors influence racial socialization?

WATCH: “Doing Race: Through the Culture Cycle” and review the socialization graphic.  Reflect on the factors that influence racial socialization and how you would approach changing the negative perception of others based on social factors.

Using all the information provided for this week, complete “Week 1 Challenge”- SEE ABOVE

Doing Race: Through the Culture Cycle - Raceworks Video

The Cycle of Socialization Graphic - B. Harro (1982) (PDF)

Saturday September 19, 2020  

Submit your weekly journal entry by Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Digital Journal Week One

 


Acknowledgement:  The content provided for this challenge is being used with permission from Food Solutions New England and their 21-Day Habit Building Racial Equity Challenge, from which our challenge is adapted.  The specific content that is owned by Food Solutions New England is used exclusively for learning and educational purposes.

 

    
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