Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©
CREW Chicago’s Leadership and Professional Development Committee (L&PD) initiated the first of what will be numerous conversations around racial equity. It was in the form of a 60-day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge, based on a syllabus of short reading and listening materials and culminating in themed discussions about Historic Context, Housing, Disparities and Areas of Opportunity. The “Challenge” concept was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance a deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression.
The 60-day Challenge was a deep dive into education with the intent of bringing this issue to the forefront daily. The goal of the Challenge was to raise CREW members’ level of awareness and to motivate each participant to become a better listener and more compassionate, constructive, and engaged in the quest for racial equity.
Each year L&PD chooses a theme. This year it was the “Courageous Leader.” It takes courage to speak up and be an advocate. It takes courage to be a catalyst for transformational change in society. We believe our Challenge gave participants courage to join the fight to eliminate racial injustice.