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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

21 Day Challenge

    At California State University, Chico, we strive to build a community that takes care of each other. To do that, we start by building habits that help us bring awareness to the inequities and tragedies happening across the country and most importantly, finding tangible actions we can do on a daily basis to build a collective community for change.

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    Why be a part of this Racial Equity Challenge?

    With the rising tension across the nation after the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others, protests have been bringing to light the racial inequities that has occurred for centuries. It is easy to feel helpless and hopeless with the saturation of images, videos, and new articles filling our phones or computer screens.

    This 21-day Challenge is designed to empower you to use your voice, your influence, and your actions to build opportunities for profound growth and engage in meaningful daily actions that help to build a collective community for change.

    We want to provide you with a journey that will:

    • Meet you at your own pace and time. Feel like you do not have time? No problem, each challenge is designed to meet your needs, your timeline, and will provide options that will help you create your own personal plan.
    • Help you explore racial equity in the United States to better understand how to increase your own personal knowledge.
    • Develop tangible actions over the course of 21 days to help build habitual small actions that help to build a collective community of change.
    • Engage in meaningful and transformational conversations on racism and equity.

    Sign Up for this 21-Day Challenge:
    Begins October 5, 2020
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    Let’s build a collective community for change together!
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    The History Behind this Challenge

    Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. and Debby Irving came together to design a habit building challenge that has been adopted all across the nation as a tool to help begin a journey of self-exploration, tangible daily actions, and intentional conversations to help integrate equity and social justice into everyday life.

    “Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for justice.” 

    The founders of the 21-day Challenge for Racial Equity and Social Justice


    This website has been adapted from Cuesta College who was able to successfully implement a pilot program in the Fall of 2019. For more information, please find links and resources below.

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    • Day 1: Awareness and the Challenge to Tune In

      Welcome to the first day of this 21-day Challenge: Building a Collective Community for Change. At CSU, Chico, we strive to be intentional and innovative in how we build as a collective. Thank you for joining this personal journey to help you integrate every action and build in habits that lead to creating a better world for all those in it.

      In today’s society and with the easy access of technology, we are often saturated with media that is designing a platform for us to tune into what we like and tune out what we do not like. This niche media generation can work in many ways to help us learn and grow, if we allow ourselves to tune into more than just what impacts our own personal lives.

      Before we begin, it is important that when we look at the ways in which we tune in and pay attention. Watch this 1 minute and 8 second video before starting this journey:

      Community Agreements:

      1. Be here and be present: For each challenge, we encourage you to engage in a way that is intentional with your full presence.
      2. Embrace Discomfort: You may or may not be comfortable with this material. Lean into your discomfort to learn why it is you are uncomfortable.
      3. Challenge to complete 1 action a day for 21 days.
      4. Learn with an open mind and an open heart. If you feel yourself get upset, ask yourself, what is it that I am feeling that is bringing out this emotion, and begin to unpack it.
      5. We will engage in open forum to break down each week’s actions to help foster a Collective Community for Change.

      Watch: Test Your Awareness: Do the Test(opens in new window)

      Take 2 minutes and engage in a free write answer the following prompt: What are things I want to tune into during this challenge and why?

      Action for the day: Choose 1

      1. Share this video with one person you know and trust and discuss the prompt as well as share that you are engaging in this 21-day challenge.
      2. Find an accountability person that will help keep you to your commitment to this challenge.
    • Day 2: Where do I stand?

      It is hard sometimes to engage in conversation without first looking at where I stand in different situations. Who we are and how we engage with our own personal values helps us analyze the real-life experiences we hold.

      Today’s challenge is about looking at how I see my world and how I interact with the world around me.

      Option 1: Glory by John Legend and Common

      Watch the song Glory by John Legend and Common from the soundtrack, Selma, and think about the America you engage in today. What kind of “America” did you grow up in? What impacts your day to day life when it comes to your identity?   

      Option 2: Kimberle Crenshaw: Intersectionality

      Watch this short video on intersectionality and think about ways in which your personal identities intersect and impact your daily lived experiences. How do different aspects of your identity intersect? How does this impact the way you interact in America today? 

      Today’s Action: Choose 1 

      1. Reflect on the pieces of your identity that make up who you are.
      • Which ones are you most aware of and which ones are your least aware of on a daily basis? How can you tune into and learn more about pieces of your identity you are least aware of?
      • Share this reflection with someone a friend.
      1. Share the video with someone either virtually or in-person and engage in discussion on how this video made you feel.

      Additional Resources:

      Kimberle Crenshaw: founder of the term “intersectionality” – Ted Talk  

      Watch: What is Intersectionality? – The Advocate

      How Our Identities Are Socially Constructed

      Community Agreements:

      1. Be here and be present
      2. Embrace Discomfort
      3. Challenge to complete 1 action a day for 21 days.
      4. Learn with an open mind and an open heart
      5. We will engage in an open forum to break down each week’s actions to help foster a Collective Community for Change.
    • Day 3: Impacts of Race

      To deconstruct something, we have to be able to separate out the pieces that come together to create that thing. In this case, we want to begin to deconstruct race and the impact of race in our everyday lives. Today, we want you to challenge yourself to think about how you experience race on a daily basis. 

      Today, Day 3, is about looking at the world around you to identify how bias shows up in your everyday life and how to recognize it within ourselves by using an intersectional lens. 

      Option 1: Reflection – Watch: The myth of race debunked in 3 minutes

      Race as a social construction may mean that there is no biological difference, but how we uphold and often believe these social constructs create real consequences in how we are valued in today’s society. 

      Option 2: Watch: Racism is Real(opens in new window) – a short video on everyday interactions through the lens of race. 

      The biological breakdown of race may not be real, but racism as a system is real and can have real consequences. 

      Today’s Action: Choose 1

      1. At Chico State and in the Chico community, count the number of teachers, mentors, friends, and colleagues that identify in the same racial category as you. 
      1. Now count how many who identify in a racial category different than your own and compare and contrast your results.
      2. Share these findings with a friend and discuss how race impacts your family, friends, and those you choose to keep as a chosen family. 
      1. In your workspace, count the number of people who visibly identify as a person of color and how many visibly identify as white or as white-passing. With a colleague, you are close to or have a good relationship with, engage in a dialogue around the impacts of race in your workspace. 

      Additional Resources:

      Watch: This Is Us – an excerpt 

      Community Agreements:

      1. Be here and be present
      2. Embrace Discomfort
      3. Challenge to complete 1 action a day for 21 days. 
      4. Learn with an open mind and an open heart
      5. We will engage in an open forum to break down each week’s actions to help foster a Collective Community for Change.
    • Day 4: How can I recognize my privilege?

      Recognizing privilege comes in many different forms and can be acquired in some cases. The privilege we are talking about in today’s journey is at the institutional level. Today, we challenge you to keep an open mind and dive into the ways in which privilege can show up in our everyday lives as a result of the way in which the United States, the constitution and the system that was created for this country.

      Today, we want you to think about how you can benefit from today’s society.

      Option 1: Read: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (PDF)

      Take a second and read this quick article that provides a perspective and a list of questions that you can answer to see how white privilege may exist in your everyday experience.

      Option 2: Listen and Watch: I Didn’t Tell You – a poem written and spoken through the eyes of a person of color.

      This artistic expression provides a narrative of life as a person of color and is written and spoken by the artist.

      Option 3: Read - How white people got made

      The idea behind the term “white” has been a heavy point of contention. This article deconstructs and analyzes the origin and its intended use in the United States and how “white” people were identified throughout history.  

      Today’s Action Choose 1:

      1. Share a post on your social media about your thoughts and feelings on today’s challenge. How did it impact you today and what do you want to gain more insight into?
      2. Reflect in a journal and engage in a free-write for 5 minutes. Remember that a free write allows you to write as you feel, without correction, without erasing or crossing things out, and without stopping your writing. Take 5 minutes, find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted, and write for 5 minutes how today’s challenge impacted you.

      Community Agreements:

      1. Be here and be present
      2. Embrace Discomfort
      3. Challenge to complete 1 action a day for 21 days.
      4. Learn with an open mind and an open heart
      5. We will engage in an open forum to break down each week’s actions to help foster a Collective Community for Change.
    • Day 5: Life in America Today

      Day 5 ends out the first week into this 21-day challenge. This is a chance to reflect on how today’s imagery, information, and media impact our perspectives on what is happening all around us. From stereotypes to real consequences, there is a way in which we interact with others different than us. Take today to think about the ways we interact with others in today’s society.

      In today’s challenge, we want you to focus on the ways in which we can embrace and celebrate the ways in which people are and acknowledge culture, race, gender, sexuality, and other forms of identity as beautiful.

      Option 1: If Microaggressions Happened to White People – Decoded – MTV News

      Microaggressions are intentional or unintentional small acts that are seen as not harmful, and or intended to not cause harm,

      Option 2: What Dark-Skinned People Will Never Tell You

      Listen and watch the experiences of dark-skinned people in the United States as it relates to beauty standards in western society.

      Today’s Action Choose 1:

      1. In what ways can you use today’s video to help you better understand how people experience the world differently? Share the video you watched with a friend, roommate, or colleague and talk about ways in which you have either perpetuated, seen, or challenged others on this viewpoint.
      2. How comfortable are you with this conversation? Share this video with others and engage in a discussion on ways these actions have shown up in your own personal spaces and how we can help better empower and uplift our communities.

      Community Agreements:

      1. Be here and be present
      2. Embrace Discomfort
      3. Challenge to complete 1 action a day for 21 days.
      4. Learn with an open mind and an open heart
      5. We will engage in an open forum to break down each week’s actions to help foster a Collective Community for Change.
    • Day 6: Levels of Racism

      Using the assumption that racism exists, and that access to equity has been fought for at many levels within the United States, it is important to take in perspectives of racism and the different levels of racism. More specifically looking at ways in which prejudice shows up or has shown in up in the past that contributes to people today.  

      Today, we want you to think about the power of prejudice and discrimination, and how we may or may not have benefited from policies implemented in the past.  

      Option 1: Watch: Moving Race Forward 

      This video clip points out the levels of racism that exists in our society and the importance of acknowledging the ways we can be proactive in identifying the different levels of racism.  

      Option 2: Watch: Systemic Racism Explained by ACT.TV 

      This video clip takes a two-part approach to explain systemic racism reflecting trends and practices in today’s society.  

      Today’s Action: 

      1. After watching either video, what is one lesson you want to take away from this video? Choose a platform to share this lesson (social media, posting in a classroom discussion board, providing this lesson at a staff meeting, or sharing this lesson with a friend).  
      2. Engage in a dialogue with a friend, family, or colleague about how to recognize or learn more about systemic racism.  
    • Day 7: Race and Mental Health

      Race and mental health are interconnected. In today’s society, turning on the television or tuning into social media platforms puts people at risk of being traumatized or for most cases within communities of color, re-traumatized with news coverage of racism in America today.  

      Today’s focus is on mental health and how racism impacts and intersect with race.  

      Option 1: Watch: The US medical system is still haunted by slavery 

      This video clip talks about the history linking the history of slavery and the medical system to demonstrate the treatment of black women and their bodies through history.  

      Option 2: Read – Communities of Color at Higher Risk of Health and Economic Challenges due to COVID-19 

      This article talks about the increased risks for COVID-19 and how it is disproportionately impacting communities of color. Read how this global pandemic is impacting communities of color in the United States and why disparities in health coverage, access, and utilization of health care for vulnerable populations.  

      Option 3: AAMC Statement on Police Brutality and Racism in America and Their Impact on Health 

      A press release from the Association of American Medical Colleges shares their vision and dedication to addressing racism and discrimination.  

      Today’s Action: 

      1. After watching the video you selected, engage in a free-write on how race and mental health intersect. Answer the following prompts: How often do I think about race and mental health? When I am reading, watching, or engaging in dialogue around race and mental health, how am I personally impacted?  
      2. Write a Post: In the last 30 days, how often did you think about race and mental health? How often did race and mental health impact you? What is one thing you can learn from being more aware of race and mental health? This post can be a personal email to a friend, a post on social media, or text messages to people you know.   

       Additional Resources: 

      Read: Medical students use momentum of anti-racism movement to advocate for change 

      Read: The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation 

    • Day 8: Being Black or African American in America

      In today’s society, we see a lot of violence, protests, and Black Lives Matter in the media, depicting images of the Black experience in the United States. It is important to acknowledge that in today’s society, Black Lives Matter is more than just a phrase, it is a movement to recognize that Black and African Americans are fighting for people to acknowledge the value of their human lives.  

      Today, we want to challenge you to critically think about what we are seeing and why it is important to stand in solidarity with the Black/African American community.  

      Option 1: Being Black in America – ABC News 

      This clip showcases the experiences of ABC News Anchors who identify as Black/African Americans sharing their experience of being Black in America.  

      Option 2: Read: She co-founded Black Lives Matter. Here’s why she’s so hopeful for the future 

      This article highlights Alicia Garza, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement to share her thoughts, meaning, and purpose behind the phrase: Black Lives Matter.  

      Option 3: Why Black Trans Women are Essential to Both Pride and Black Lives Matter 

      This video clip showcases the Black Trans movement to be valued and included in movements for social justice including the advocacy and advancement for both race and gender identity.  

       Today’s Action: 

      1. There is a lot of conversation around the movement of Black Lives Matter. Take the opportunity to notice and reflect. In the next 24 hours, how often are black folks represented in a way that brings hope for the future, and how often are black folks represented in a way that takes away hope for the future. Reflect on what you notice as the day goes on and think about why this is happening.  
      2. To gain awareness and to gain insight into your own habits, notice who is around you, what are people in your friends group posting online, and the kind of conversations are you having with each other. In the last 30 days, how often have you had a conversation about Black Lives Matter in a way that challenged you to think beyond the phrase and into the meaning behind why black folks are fighting for their lives. Engage in this dialogue with a friend and share the resource you chose to watch or read.   
    • Day 9: Latinx Experience in the U.S.

      The Latinx experience in the United States has so many intersections that it is important to begin with identity and understand that identity and perception of that identity is often shaped by social constructs. Today, we want you to think about the things you have been taught about the Latinx community and how that has shaped how we intentionally think of the Latinx experience.  

      Option 1: Watch: Defining Latino – Young People Talk Identity, Belonging 

      This video deconstructs the views and experiences of Latinx folks in the United States and shares their insight in battling a society that places value on being Latinx and American.  

      Option 2: A Conversation with Latinos on Race – Op-Documentary 

      This brief documentary provides an opportunity to engage people, who identify as Latino, about race and race relations in the United States.  

      Option 3: Terms Every Latino, Hispanic, and Latinx Want You to Know 

      This video talks about the different terms amongst the Latinx community and why some people choose to use those terms. 

      Today’s Action: 

      1. Perceptions can impact how we navigate the world around us. Reflect on what you were taught growing up about the Latinx community. Take 10 minutes, and reflect on a few perceptions: How does society view the Latinx community, how your family views the Latinx community, how your friends view the Latinx community, and how you view the Latinx community? Analyze the similarities and differences and share it with your accountability person you chose in Day 1’s challenge.  
      2. Notice around you, how many people around you engage in the advocacy and support of the Latinx community? For today’s challenge, find a video that supports the advocacy of the Latinx community and choose 1 commitment you can engage in that helps to bring awareness to a community outside of your own cultural or racial identity. Post it on social media and share it with your friends and family.  
    • Day 10: Debunking the Model Minority, Violence, and Hate: Being Asian in the United States

      The Asian and Pacific Islander community in the United States has had a lot of shift in perception. Historically, Asian Americans have been seen as the model minority and have been used as a symbol of how people of color can be successful. This myth impacts the API community in so many different ways.  

      Option 1: Why Do We Call Asian Americans The Model Minority?  

      This video clip talks about the harm behind the phrase “Model Minority” and why it is a myth. It demonstrates the way the phrase impacts Asian Americans and that there is a large portion of Asian Americans who are left out of the data.  

      Option 2: Asian Facing Discrimination, Violence Amid Coronavirus Outbreak 

      This video demonstrates the increase in violence and discrimination after the Coronavirus outbreak occurred globally.  

      Option 3: 11 Awkward Moments Indian-Americans Will Recognize 

      This video clip describes 11 moments that are common amongst the Indian-American experience in the United States and the challenges of living in a dual world.  

      Today’s Action: 

      1. For today’s challenge, think back to when you were taught about the model minority. What did you learn about it, where were you, how old were you, and did/do you believe it? After watching the video on being a model minority, how has that perception changed if any? If it has not changed, why do you think so?  
      2. The Indian-American experience is often left out of the API dialogue and it is important to gain perspective on the lived experiences and challenges Indian-Americans often face. Today’s challenge is to begin to think about your traditions. In the last 3 months, how often did you have to think about cultural differences and how it impacts the way you responded in a situation? How did you react?  
      3. *If you did not have any interactions that required you to think about the cultural practices of another person answer the following prompt: how would you navigate having to explain your everyday practices to others who may not understand or value why you engage in those practices? 

       Additional Resources: 

      COVID-19: Hate Crimes Against Asians On the Rise in US 

    • Day 11: The Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Experience – the PI (Pacific Islander) of the API. 

      Congratulations on beginning this week with Challenge Day 11. When the reference API occurs, it often leaves out the Pacific Islander voice and the challenges that Pacific Islanders face in the US. Today is about exploring some of these issues to bring to light the lived experiences of Asian and Pacific Islanders. Pacific Islanders are often invisible in the fight for justice, in the battle for recognition, and for the rights to reclaim the land that was once their own.

      Today, we want to challenge you to tune into a voice that may not always be present on the large national scale, but is very much alive and powerful: The Voice of Pacific Islanders.

      Option 1: We are Mauna Kea 

      This video showcases the fight of indigenous Hawaiians to save a sacred mountain that is being destroyed to build a telescope. 

      Option 2: What Pacific Islanders Want You To Know 

      This video showcases the experiences of Pacific Islanders in the United States and the challenges of not being represented or fitting into the stereotype of being American.  

      Option 3: Meet the native Hawaiians fighting U.S. occupation 

      This video talks about the fight for Hawaii to be free from the U.S. occupying its land and the hopes of one day being able to free this native land and for it to be restored as a country and not as a state.

      Today’s Action: 

      A. Pacific Islanders are often an invisible voice within the United States and is the smallest demographic population at Chico State. Engage in a dialogue with a friend and answer the following question: How can we, as individuals, support a community like Pacific Islanders that is often invisible? How many Pacific Islanders do you know or have come across in your lifetime? What are ways we can learn more about the Pacific experience in the US? Why is it important? 

    • Day 12: Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native

      Welcome to Day 12, and you are halfway through the 21-day challenge. For today’s focus, we want to acknowledge that the United States is home to 574 federally recognized Indian Nations, with many more nations who may not be federally recognized. The City of Chico and CSU, Chico currently occupy Mechoopda Maidu land.

      Today’s challenge provides an opportunity to dive deeper into the lives and experiences of Native Americans in the United States.

      Option 1: Real Life As A Young and Native American 

      This video clip follows a 24-year old Delmar who shares her experience in honoring her heritage and to help her make sense of her place in the world.  

      Option 2: How the US stole thousands of Native American Children 

      This video clip dives into the history behind the U.S. movement that took thousands of children from their homes to off-reservation boarding schools promoting assimilation to American life and culture.  

      Option 3: The History of Native California 

      This video clip provides a brief lesson on the History of Native Americans in the state of California.  

      Today’s Action: 

      A. This is an opportunity for you to tune into how often you think about the Native American community. Today’s action, look up your hometown and research 3 facts about a native community in or around the city in which you were raised and share that knowledge with someone you know.  

      B. Notice: In the media platforms you currently hold, how often is the Native American perspective brought up in conversation, or is the focus of advocacy? Reflect on why you think that is and how you can be more intentional about understanding the perspective of Native Americans in the United States.  

    • Day 13: Women-Focused

      Here we go, Day 13! Keep up the hard work! In 2017, the inaugural Women’s March took place on January 21st and was the largest single-day march in U.S. history. Representing the key issues facing women in today’s society, this march symbolically and physically brought together women in a united voice. Women often face unfair treatment, unfair wages, and many other forms of discrimination.

      Today’s challenge is focused on bringing out the voices of women we may not hear from on a regular basis.

      Option 1: Women of Color Share Their Imposter Syndrome Stories 

      This video clip showcases the narrative of women of color and their experience with feelings of doubt, imposter syndrome, and being a woman of color in the United States.  

      Option 2: What Its Really Like Being a Muslim Woman in America 

      This video clip shared the life experience of Shahd Batal and she shares navigating her religion and her heritage as a Black Muslim woman in Los Angeles, California.  

      Option 3: Trans Women of Color Terrified of Being Targets for Violence Ask ‘Am I Next? 

      This video clip was aired on ABC News to bring awareness to trans women of color in the United States and the level of violence and brutality that is experienced in that community.  

      Today’s Action: 

      A. Acknowledging and investing in the women in our lives takes intentionality. For today’s action, make a list of all of the women in your life. Is there a woman in your life who has stood out to you or has made a significant impact on who you are as a person? Grab a piece of paper and a pen, and write a letter to this person and share their value in your life and what they mean to you. If you would like to go further, share or post a picture of this person and put it on your social media with the option to post your letter (however much you would like to share).  

      B. Reflection: Take 10 minutes to reflect on the similarities and differences between your life and the lives of the women who shared their experience in the video you chose for today. What stands out to you and how can you be more intentional of the experiences of women around you.  

    • Day 14: LGBTQIAP+ Focused

      Day 14! The process of coming out as being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is one that is constant and life-long. Coming out and embracing your sexuality in all of the ways that feel authentic can have some challenging consequences, especially with deep-rooted cultural expectations that can sometimes place people in physical and emotionally harmful spaces.

      Today, we want to focus on bringing perspectives of the LGBTQ+ community that you may not have heard or have been exposed to before. If you have, it is a great space to expand our knowledge by hearing the narratives of others.

      Option 1: Wanda Sykes Takes Us Through the History of LGBTQ+ 

      This video clip demonstrates the history of homosexuality and how it has shifted and changed throughout the years, also showing ways in which the fight for equity in the LGBTQ+ community continues.  

      Option 2: What Does “Two-Spirit” Mean? 

      This video clip showcases Geo Neptune who identifies as the first transgender, nonbinary, two-spirit elected official in Maine who shares what it means to navigate life with intersectional identities.  

      Option 3: Fuerza: LGBTQ Latinx Youth Speak Their Truth 

      Five Latin-American students who identify with the LGBTQ+ community provide an insight into their experiences navigating Latinx identity and being LGBTQ+.  

      Today’s Action: 

      A. The coming out experience can be described by some to be an incredible coming-out experience and for others can be one of the most traumatic and stressful times in their lives. The greatest challenge in this is that you do not come out and everyone knows, LGBTQ+ people often have to continually disclose to their co-workers, to their new friends, to their family they may not be around often. Today’s action is to engage in a dialogue with at least 3 people about ways you can commit to helping provide a safe space to support LGBTQ+ folks on campus and in the community. If you would like to take an extra step, post it on social media.  

      B. Sharing Reflection: Oftentimes, the courage to confront your own bias can be the hardest to do. Today’s action is about honesty with yourself and others in what you were taught about the LGBTQ community. Today’s action is to find someone you feel emotionally and physically safe with to have an honest conversation answering the following questions: What did society teach me about the LGBTQ+ community? What did my family teach me about the LGBTQ+ community? What did my friends teach me about the LGBTQ+ community? What did I or do I believe currently about the LGBTQ+ community? How has today’s video impacted those 4 perceptions?   

    • Day 15: The Undocumented Experience

      It is Friday and it is Day 15! You have 6 more days to go, so let’s keep pushing to finish this 21-day challenge.

      The experience of being undocumented can include fear, isolation, invisibility, and can lead to significant hypervigilance. The reasons why someone is in the United States without documentation can vary from seeking a better and more stable life to escaping violence, death, and corruption. No matter the reason, it is critical to find humanity in valuing a human life. Today’s focus specifically dives into what it feels like to be undocumented in the United States and provides the perspective of growing up, pursuing college, and navigating this world to seek and work towards success.

      Today want you to open your mind and heart to the narratives of undocumented students and people in the United States.

      Option 1: I Am An Undocumented Student 

      This video clip shares the narrative of undocumented students who were interviewed and asked questions about reactions and experiences with people after disclosing their legal status. 

      Option 2: What It’s Like Growing Up Undocumented In America 

      This video highlights the feelings of the unknown in being in the United States and the fear that comes with not knowing if you will be here the next day or if your family will be home when you get home from school.  

      Option 3: Yosimar Reyes “In Times of Terror We Dance” 

      This video clip is from Yosimar Reyes, an activist, and poet, who wrote this poem of expression to share the experience of being undocumented in the United States.  

      Today’s Action: 

      A. Notice: This topic has been one that has been and continues to be controversial. Today’s action is about tapping into empathy to look at reasons why people immigrate and either coming into this country without documents or overstay their Visa. Using the video that you watched today, what experiences have undocumented people gone through that you have not? How can you be supportive of an undocumented person in your sphere of influence?  

      B. Observe: Often times social media can be a platform to share ideas, to post videos, give life updates, and share in dialogue. For today’s action, use a social media platform to share the video you watched with a brief reflection and see what kind of responses you get from others in your social media circle. Do they agree, disagree, or are impartial? What kind of words are used in their responses? How do we help ourselves see the humanity in this identity?

    • Day 16: Unhoused Student Life

      Happy Monday and Happy Day 16!

      Being homeless is not a crime, but unhoused individuals often carry the weight of being criminalized by the people in the city in which they reside. With the spread of COVID-19, the unhoused community have experienced heightened tension around where they can be and why. Today, we want to provide perspective that is often left unheard, and that is the experience of navigating student life and their pursuit to success.

      Today, we want to provide perspective on what it looks like to be a homeless student.

      Option 1: How Homeless College Students Get By at California’s Humboldt State(opens in new window)

      This video clip provides the perspective of homeless students who are navigating student life, leadership, and being in college.

      Option 2: Read Unsafe and Unwell: How Homelessness affects women and how to help 

      This read demonstrates that women without housing experience unique challenges and outcomes that need targeted support.

      Option 3: SF State College Students Share Their Experiences with Homelessness(opens in new window)

      This video highlights San Francisco State college students who were asked questions about their personal experiences with homelessness while in college.

      Today’s Action:

      A. Reflection: How we show up and the language we use often can make a difference in the lives of students who are housing insecure. Access to our basic fundamental things we need to meet Maslow’s hierarchy of needs includes physical safety. In the last 30 days, how often have you engaged in dialogue, advocacy, or support for homelessness? Why do you think that is? What do you think it would take to increase your personal awareness and action towards supporting our housing insecure students?

      B. Action: Today’s action is to use your position, your influence and your access to either donate your time or resources to supporting the homeless population either in the community or on campus at Chico State.

    • Day 17: Ableism Focused

      Happy Day 17, 4 more days including today! You are almost at the finish line, keep working hard!

      In today’s society, being able-bodied is something that most people do not have to think about until an injury occurs where limitations like walking, eating speaking, or other daily activities are impacted. In the United States in 2019, there were 48.9 people with disabilities that navigate everyday life, 5 million of which are youth.

      Today’s focus is on providing space to hear from people living with disability and how the pandemic, race, and inclusion impacts the visibility and fight for justice around being a person of color and a person with a disability.

      Option 1: COVID-19’s Impact on Disabled People(opens in new window)

      This video talks about and demonstrates the critical need for visibility, support and resources for people with disabilities and shares how this pandemic has impacted their lived experiences.

      Option 2: Confronting the whitewashing of Disability: Interview with #DisabilityTooWhite Creator Vilissa Thompson (opens in new window)

      This read is focused on an interview between Huffington Post and Vilissa Thompson who discusses the impact of race and disability and the perception that representation often times are portrayed through the lens of white folks, especially in the media.

      Option 3: #RaceAnd: Kay Ulanday Barrett(opens in new window)

      This video provides the perspective and experience of Kay Ulanday Barrett who identifies as a brown, trans, and has a physical disability who talks about the inclusion and intersection of identity.

      Today’s Action:

      A. Notice: Take the time to notice what you are watching and what you see on media. For 10 minutes, scroll down your social media and count how many times people with disabilities are mentioned, advocated for, and portrayed in a post. Reflect: Why do you think you ended up with the number you tallied up? What can you do to tap into advocacy groups or hashtags that support people with disabilities? What is one commitment you can do to integrate education or advocacy for people with disabilities into every day life.

      B. Engage in dialogue: What are some of the things you have been taught about people with disabilities? How has race been integrated into that conversation? What lessons have you learned the intersection of race and disability? What are your thoughts about representation of people with disability being predominantly white?

    • Day 18: Being Anti-Racist in the Workplace

      Day 18 and we are almost complete!

      Now that we have been able to share how equity can be impact by race in many different ways, it is important to think about ways this can show up on your work space. Today, we want to provide some tools and opportunities to think about ways in which you can advocate in your workplace ways in which to be anti-racist at work. This takes courage, opportunity, and a dialogue to begin this process.

      Option 1: Read Companies Are Speaking Out Against Racism, But Here’s What It Really Looks Like to Lead An Anti-Racist Organization(opens in new window)

      This article talks about ways in which companies are being anti-racist in their workplace and transforming the way in which race is and anti-racism are integrated into everyday practice.

      Option 2: Read 11 Anti-Racist Actions You Can Take At Work – Today and Every Day(opens in new window)

      This article shares 11 different actions you can adopt to help you integrate small actions in everyday interactions at work that can lead to a more inclusive and validating workspace for all those impacted by racism.

      Option 3: Watch 10 Ways to Promote Anti-Racism In The Workplace - FORBES (opens in new window)

      This video clip highlights 10 actions that can promote an anti-racist environment at work to help increase intentionality of addressing racism through anti-racist actions.

      Today’s Action:

      A. Reflection: Reflect on today’s reading or video clip and highlight actions that you believe are important to practice in the workplace. What actions do you feel will be an easier adoption to your everyday workspace? What are actions do you feel will be more challenging to adopt into your everyday actions? Come up with a commitment that includes your list of actions that you want to integrate into your workspace and share with a co-worker in conversation to talk about how that can impact your workspace and how to stay accountable to that commitment.

      B. Reflection: Public commitment – identify your list of actions that you would like to integrate into your everyday life and create a timeline of being able to practice and implement your list of actions. Remember, it takes 21 days to build a habit, so practicing these actions everyday will help you build your habit of inclusion. Post this list and your commitment on social media, or email this list to your closest friends to solicit accountability partners.

    • Day 19: Building a Culture of Equity

      Day 19!

      Today’s focus is on building a culture of equity. Building a culture of equity takes courage, takes vulnerability of those most impacted by the lack of access to equity, and it takes people power to bring visibility to it and enact actions small and big to shift this paradigm. This is where you come in and throughout this challenge, you have been able to engage in small actions to build a habit of integrating equity and anti-racist work into your everyday life.

      Today’s challenge is to read about ways we can stand in solidarity with one another in this pursuit of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Chico State.

      Option 1: Read Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation(opens in new window)

      This article was written as an opinion piece submitted by the late Joh Lewis to the New York times talking about the fight for social justice and the redemption of the United States for people of color, especially black folks.

      Option 2: Read Checklist for Allies Against Racism (PDF)

      This checklist is a starting guide to actions and intentions you can use to think about your everyday actions and how they can be more intentionally inclusive to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

      Today’s Action:

      A. Reflection: For today’s challenge, it is important to acknowledge that implementing and integrating actions into your everyday life is challenging, and that equity work is challenging. From what you have read today, what are ways you currently practice advocacy and equity? What are things you have always wanted to do but seem to not have been able to do, that you would like to do to advocate for a culture of equity? Share this with a close friend, colleague, family member, or community member.

      B. Engage in dialogue: Share in space and community with 2 or more people and talk about the article your read and engage in dialogue around why people engage in equity work and why people may not engage in equity work. What are some of the challenges in your personal experience on building equity in your spaces? What are some of the ways you have been able to engage in advocacy since starting this 21-day challenge?

    • Day 20: Calling In or Calling Out – How do you approach keeping/holding people accountable? 

      Day 20 and we are almost done! We have today and Monday left in our 21-day challenge! Keep it up!

      Accountability has been intertwined in this challenge because engaging in a challenge can be tough and accountability to the actions taken from that challenge can be even more challenging. When something happens and there needs to be accountability, we often see people calling out actions or inactions of others in a way that can be divisive and dismissive sometimes to the effort being put into working towards equity and anti-racist work.

      It is important to be able to engage in space that allows for mistakes to occur and for there to be opportunities for growth and accountability without creating harmful shame around actions. Today’s challenge focuses on calling in versus calling out as a tool to engage in space with each other and as a method of accountability in a way that is bridge building.

      Option 1: Listen: Longtime Activist Loretta Ross Speaks Out Against the Call-Out Culture (opens in new window)

      This podcast showcases Loretta Ross and her views against the “calling-out” culture, the toxic environments calling out can create, and instead offering the ability to call in.

      Option 2: Read: Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling In (PDF)

      This article focuses on understanding and interrupting bias and breaking down the pros and cons calling others out versus you calling in as a method of accountability.

      Today’s Action:

      A) Reflection: After reading or listening to the option you chose, engage in a personal reflection by writing out the answers to the following questions: 1) Which method are you most comfortable using: calling out, calling in, or staying silent? 2) What perspectives did you learn about calling in versus calling out? 3) Is there an example situation in your life where you have used calling out as a method of accountability? What could you have done differently to use “calling in” to respond to that situation?

      B) Action: Gather a group either virtually, over the phone, or on social media to have a discussion on the pros and cons of calling in versus calling out and talk about ways you can engage with each other in staying accountable to being anti-racist and calling in.