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 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. 




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.


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