Extension 21-Day Equity Challenge

The Extension 21-Day Equity Challenge is an optional professional development opportunity hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Professional Development unit. We are using the free content from United Way of Central Iowa and formatting it in a way that we hope will be user-friendly and manageable for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff and faculty.

The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. The experience deepens understanding, suggests ways to take action, and helps launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our community. The self-guided learning journey examines the history and impact of racism and how it has shaped people’s lives. Over 21 workdays, we will explore topics like structural racism, segregation, and privilege, to open up dialogue on how we can be champions of equity in our personal and professional lives.

The experience lasts a month. We will kick off the experience with an introductory Zoom call event on and will also be utilizing the Canvas platform, ISU’s learning management system, where we will have a space for some collaborative reflection on the 21-Day Equity Challenge content throughout the month.  Don’t worry, there are no quizzes or tests!  We will use the discussion boards to post throughout the workshop experience, sharing your perspectives and learning while interacting with each other as we watch the videos, read the articles, or listen to podcasts on our own. It does have “Due Dates” listed, but that is just to help you pace yourself.  We have created a suggested schedule for you on Canvas to interact with the 21-Day Equity Challenge content, breaking the sessions down by week to provide time to process the information throughout the month; however, you can set your own pace for reviewing the material.  Each day there is a different equity-related topic, with a few choices of learning opportunities to read about, listen to, or view.  Most of these are very short, around 5 to 10 minutes each.  You are welcome to interact with each of the learning opportunities for each of the daily topics, but we ask that you complete at least one learning opportunity per topic.  We will also be checking in with each other via Zoom mid-month and have a wrap-up Zoom call at the end of the month.

We hope you can join us! Remember, only 10 to 15 minutes per day to broaden your understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community and helps launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion.

For more information, contact Gayle Coon.

 

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