We have partnered with local United Ways across
Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services with their
Healing Illinois initiative. This 21-week program is a self-guided
learning journey that examines the history and impact of racism, and
how it has shaped people’s lives. It’s not enough to be kind, and
our journey is still only beginning.
The United Way of Illinois is launching a ‘21 Week Equity Challenge’
this week. Following a year of unrest and strife, this free, online
learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisians
to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together.
“Our association, in partnership with local United Ways, is so
excited to be taking this journey with our communities.” said Eithne
McMenamin, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for United Way of
Illinois. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn -- personally
and professionally -- have necessary conversations and equip our
communities to engage meaningfully in the work of racial
understanding and healing.”
The United Way of Illinois 21 Week Equity Challenge encourages
individuals, families, friends, and co-workers to have racial equity
conversations to gain a deeper understanding about the impact
systemic racism and inequality have on our state and in our local
communities. United, we can help create a stronger, more equitable
Illinois economy and stronger, more inclusive Illinois communities.
From Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/18) to Juneteenth
(6/19), participants will complete weekly learning assignments about
equity, racism, bias and more. The 15-minute assignments include
readings, videos, and questions for participants to consider. Upon
completion, they’ll receive a digital certificate and tips and tools
to help continue the conversation in their local community.
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The 21 Week Equity Challenge is supported by Healing
Illinois, the State of Illinois, The Chicago Community Trust and
United Way of Illinois. The weekly curriculum was designed by United
Way of Champaign, using evolving content originally created by
United Way of Washtenaw County in Michigan. New challenge content
will be released on a weekly basis.
United Way of Logan County is proud to join United Way of Illinois
and 43 other local United Ways across the state to embark on the 21
Week Equity Challenge. Our hope is that many in Logan County will
participate including corporate partners, volunteers, and donors.
You can take the pledge today by visiting
United Way of Illinois is an association of local
United Ways representing communities across Illinois. The
organization. We advance the common good through public policy. We
monitor the activity of government, review legislation, and educate
the general public and our public officials related to their impact
on human services and on our local communities. To learn more, visit
[Text provided by Patti Becker,
United Way of Logan County]