5-Day Equity Challenge Resources

5-Day Equity Challenge Resources

5-Day Equity Challenge Resources

The 5-Day Equity Challenges are a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

We are grateful to the participants who joined us on this journey, and the continued engagement of so many in this challenge. We’ve created a quick post-challenge survey that asks you to share your final thoughts on the experience, including questions to help us improve the Equity Challenge in the future. Thank you for joining us on this journey!

Tools & Resources

Day 1

Feature

Creative Ways To Get Kids To Thrive In School  (Watch)

Read

Raising Race Conscious Children  (Read)

Watch

Community Adverse Experiences  (Watch)

AC360 - Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture  (Watch)

Listen

Talking Race With Young Children  (Listen)

Act

Start a Conversation With Your Child About Race and Injustice  (Read)

Day 2 

Feature

Conversation with Kevin L. Walston, Superintendent of Danbury Public Schools  (Watch)

Read

Reimagining School Board Leadership: Actions for Equity  (Read)

Fighting Systemic Racism in K-12 Education: Helping Allies Move From the Keyboard to the School Board  (Read)

Watch

The "Opportunity Gap" In US Public Education — And How To Close It | Anindya Kundu  (Watch)

How America’s Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty  (Watch)

Listen

School Boards: A New Front Line in the Culture War  (Listen)

A Tale of Two School Districts  (Listen)

Act

Advocate for Students to Serve on or With Your Local Board of Education  (Read)

Bargaining for the Common Good  (Watch)

Dive Deeper

Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education (DIRE) Initiative  (Read)

Systems Change and Governance: School Boards that Lead for Equity  (Read)

Day 3

Feature

Achieving Racial Equity in Education Through a Restorative Lens  (Watch)

Read

Restorative Justice In Schools: Designing For Equity  (Read)

Pinellas County Schools Try ‘Restorative’ Approach To Deal With Racial Disparities  (Read)

Watch

A Restorative Approach to Discipline  (Watch)

Why Black Girls Are Targeted For Punishment At School & How To Change That  (Watch)

Listen

Restorative Justice is Racial Justice  (Listen)

Why There’s a Push to get Police out of Schools  (Listen)

Act

Sign up for the FREE School Climate and/or Restorative Practices Training sponsored by Stamford Cradle to Career  

  • School Climate Training: January 27 & 28, 2022 8:30 am – 2 pm (Virtual)  (Register Here)
  • Restorative Practices Training: February 3 & 4, 2022 8:30 am – 2 pm (Virtual)  (Register Here)

     

Dive Deeper

The Adolescent Brain  (Watch)

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime  (Watch)

Day 4

Feature

Antonio Santiago, Dean, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Danbury Campus  (Watch)

Read

Perspective | Understanding And Connecting To Students To Increase Degree Attainment: The Power Of Community College Stories  (Read)

Pledge To Advance Connecticut (PACT)  (Read)

Watch

The ABCs Of Racial Inequality In Education  (Watch)

Access Ain’t Inclusion  (Watch)

Listen

'The State Must Provide' Is A Lesson On Inequality In Higher Ed, Past And Present  (Listen)

Act

Public Colleges And Universities Should Be Free  (Read)

3 Ways Federal Policy Solutions Can Level The Playing Field In Higher Education And The Economy  (Read)

Dive Deeper

Higher Ed Faces Racial Equity, Affordability Challenges This Year—But There’s Reason For Optimism, Too  (Listen)

Day 5

Dive Deeper

5 Ways to Build a More Equitable Education System (Read)

 The Costs of Inequality: Education's The Key That Rules Them All (Read)

Education Gap: The Root of Inequality (Watch)


United Way of Western CT Rejects Racism And All Forms of Discrimination

United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to building our community into a place where every child, family, and person has the opportunity to thrive. We focus on households at or below the ALICE® (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) threshold who have had the least opportunities for success. In doing our part to uplift this population, we are active on many fronts. Today we are speaking out louder than in the past to condemn with zero tolerance acts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and expressions of discrimination stemming from one’s race, ethnicity, faith, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, national origin. 

We act by using our resources to tackle the structural barriers to equity from the long shadow of systemic racism that has impeded the health, education, safety, and wellbeing of many members of our society. United Way of Western Connecticut recognizes the power and privilege of our brand. As leaders in our community, we are using both to take action in being part of the solution for positive change. Therefore, we commit to:

  •  Transforming systems and instituting systemic changes that create a more just and equitable future.
  • Requiring accountability and transparency at all levels - from our organization to all institutions with whom we partner.
  • Advocating for justice and speaking up in unity and in action whenever we see justice not being served.
  • Elevating the voice and power of our community.
  • Learning and growing together as a community through ongoing training and conversations about race and equity.

We are committed to improving lives by partnering with the community and creating a future of greater inclusion and equity.