21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenges

In 2014, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr and Debby Irving set out to create a way for people to make a habit out of anti-racist thinking and behavior. Within weeks of creating the original 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, they saw it take off among individuals and organizations eager to make a change and looking for just such a tool. Since then, Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks has joined the team and thousands of additional users have adapted the plan to fit their context. Additionally, the original challenge is now complemented by a variety of offshoots that offer different aspects of liberation from white supremacy. In the summer of 2020, the 21-Day Challenge team joined forces with ProHabits to create a version of the plan that delivers daily prompts to via text or email. Debby calls these 21-Day offerings “the little plans that can.”

How to participate in a challenge

  • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. This can be done within a group of friends, an organization or workplace, or on your own.
  • Each plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections, each tailored to the topic at hand.
  • Use the tracking chart provided to stay on course. You can drag the image to your desktop and print, or you can access a digital version here and copy it for editing.
  • Like our Facebook page. Use it to get ideas as well as share your 21-Day experience with the 21-Day community.
  • Once you’ve finished a 21-Day Challenge, do another one. Learning and growing doesn’t stop after 21 days. Your responsibility is to go out into the world with a new thirst for understanding and acting for racial justice.

Tips For Success

  • Use the tracking chart provided below to stay on course. You can drag the image to your desktop and print, or you can access a digital version here and copy it for editing.
  • We think understanding white privilege is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.
  • Adaptable to all forms of social justice.
  • Can be done individually, with friends and family, or organization-wide.
  • Like our Facebook page. Use it to get ideas as well as share your 21-Day experience with the 21-Day community.
  • Diversify your habits by doing some of each.

* For adaptation ideas and examples of how communities are adapting the challenge to meet their specific social justice focus, click HERE.

21-Day Community Adapters

Take a look at the creative adaptations people are bringing to the plan to make it work in their communities! If you have one to share, please forward it to debby@debbyirving.com or emj@theprivilegeinstitute.com so we can add it to the list.

Brewster 21-Day Equity Bootcamp
Three things we love about this plan: 

  • This was used as an educator PD curriculum over the summer.
  • Six 2-hour zoom calls were built in, allowing for a blend of asynchronistic and synchronistic learning and team-building.
  • The group liked it so much they’ve asked for a Level 2 version!

Holderness School 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge
Three things we love about this plan: 

  • Daily to-do’s are organized within a weekly them.
  • Each day’s to-do is presented in a large, clean, bold, graphic combined with an enticing title.
  • The third and final week focuses on the conversational (or lack thereof) piece.

Juvenile Justice Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Three things we love about this plan: 

  • 32 network members developed the plan in teams, each designing and introducing via a taped video one of the 21-Days.
  • Their IT capacity enabled a highly engaged, moderated online discussion forum. See reflection here.
  • The challenge reached 880 registered participants from 40 US states, two Canadian provinces, Mexico and Brazil.

Sustain Dane’s 21 Day Eco Equity Challenge
Three things we love about this plan:

  • This group populated their plan with resources specific to racial equity in their sector, environmental sustainiblity.
  • The plan feeds participants a daily “to-do” suggestion.
  • The plan offers participants a shorter and longer time commitment challenge each day.

Charlotte Country Day School 21-Day Equity Challenge
Three things we love about this plan:

  • This group collaborated with their local online newspaper to invite community members to join in the challenge.
  • The plan offers particpants the choice to use their daily “to-do” prompt or take a daily à la carte approach using from the resources they’ve provided.
  • The plan lives online for broad access.

Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habity Building Challenge
Three things we love about this plan:

  • This group launched their plan with a webinar in which participants got to hear from previous plan users how they’d used it and adapted it, and what the impact was on their communties as well as on them individually.
  • The plan’s daily prompts ask participants to make connections between racial equitiy and their sector, the food system.
  • The plan’s website offers participants an online forum to share their reflections publicly.

Dr. Marguerite Penick-Park’s 14 Week Racial Equity Challenge
Three things we love about this plan:

  • Professor Penick-Parks adapted the plan to be in sync with her class schedule, a class that met weekly over the course of 14 weeks.
  • This challenge asks that students both write a reflection and include a visual for their weekly “to-do.”
  • See samples of her students’ work here and here.

Crossroads School / Silvia Salazar’s 21-Day Racial Equity Boot Camp
Three things we love about this plan: 

  • The user-friendly and enticing visual layout.
  • Inclusion of Group Agreements for discussion.
  • Password protected online discussion forum.

The Founders

Dr. Eddie Moore Jr
Debby Irving
Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks