“We are entering our third year of the “21 Day Diversity Learning Challenge!” As you know, it is thought that it takes approximately 21 days to break a habit. In forming new habits, with the 21 Day Diversity Learning Challenge, we can all learn how to get a deeper understanding of the complexities that surround race, privilege, and supremacy. As James Baldwin stated so eloquently, “The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.” Use the readings, actions, and viewings within this Challenge to help guide your self-analysis and to think about what ways you can be more open to learning about others’ experiences.”
-Stephanie J. Calhoun, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
The Bar Association of Erie County’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to present our ’21 Day Diversity Learning Challenge’, an educational program that aims to provide invaluable information and context on these issues to our legal community. Click the tabs below to learn more about the Challenge and to see the items for each day.
Introduction – Why Take the Challenge?
The Bar Association of Erie County is committed to progressing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for its members and the community at large. In 2021 we kicked off the 21 Day Diversity Learning Challenge and this year, we continue to put our words into “ACTION.” These past few years have been incredibly challenging. Our beloved city has recently seen its fair share of racial disparities—The Jefferson Avenue Tops mass shooting, the educational fallout of the pandemic, the death toll of the Blizzard that disproportionately affected East Buffalo, the list seems to go on. During the month of February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we invite you to take the 21 Day Diversity Learning Challenge. We have to continue to work together to learn cultural responsibly and humility, each step and each change we make can have such a great impact.
American activism became global activism as thousands of demonstrations and public campaigns were held worldwide. Meanwhile, the eyes of allies turned inward as they made long-awaited reflections on their own communities and internal biases. If we did not yet know, we have now learned, that silent allyship is insufficient – it is simply not enough to not be racist, one must be actively anti-racist. In order to decimate the racially unjust social constructs that have cocooned many of us for so long, such that they may never again be revived, one must actively work towards change and equality.
Where does one individual start when the issues seem so large and ingrained that one person could not possibly make a difference? They say that “change is the end result of all true learning” and self-education on the topics of racial diversity and injustice is indeed necessary to implement the changes that these past few years have shown us we so desperately need.
How the Challenge Works
Following the work of Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. who originated the challenge, participants are provided with various media formats covering a wide range of structural, institutional, and cultural aspects of racial diversity and injustice faced by Black Americans, to be consumed over 21 consecutive days. Though we are commencing the Challenge to coincide with Black History Month, you may begin the Challenge at any time. Be sure to sign up using the form below to let us know you’re participating.
All Are Welcome to Participate!
No matter who you are, or what walk of life you come from, the breadth of information provided as part of our 21 Day Diversity Learning Challenge should leave each participant with demonstrated tools to continue their own self-reflection and education, as well as resources to take and support a more diverse and racially just workplace and community. We hope that this program is both a rewarding and thought-provoking step on your journey.
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