UNH 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

UNH 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge
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What is the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge?

 

21 Day 2020 Save the Date

The University of New Hampshire again welcomes the Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge to our campus community for spring 2021!

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits. UNH students, staff and faculty together have been building skill and will to address racial inequities, using the Challenge as a tool. It allows space for individuals to first explore their own bias and gain a deeper understanding of how that influences thoughts, behaviors and practices. It provides a pathway for embracing the intersectionality of our academic disciplines of curriculum and careers with our humanity in a more just and equitable way. 

Register for the Challenge!

NEW for 2021: Peer education program for UNH employees! See details below.

Important Dates & Reminders


  SAVE THE DATE!

April 5 - 25
21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

  TAKE THE SURVEY!
UNH Chef Todd Sweet will host cooking demonstrations during the 2021 Challenge. He'll include items that are in our kitchens, pantries and refrigerators in the recipes he will cook-up. Please complete the What's in Your Pantry? survey!

Questions? Ready to get involved?
Email Karen Spiller.

The Challenge is free and open to all.

UNH 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge Details

2021 Events and Activities 

Here's what you can do NOW!

 More coming soon for 2021!

The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge is free and open to all, and has been excitedly and humbly embraced by the UNH community, providing a framework for becoming an advocate, accomplice in transforming the existing systems to “feed and serve” us all. 

Individuals, groups and classes have participated in the past. As one example, UNH faculty have incorporated the Challenge in the classroom in several ways, by giving extra credit for participation in the Food Solutions New England online platform; dedicating class sessions focusing on racial equity or justice issues with invited guest speakers, student projects of curating peer-review articles, blogs and videos for resource lists and factoids for increasing knowledge, awareness and commitment.  In April 2020, Civil Discourse Lab student fellows created four, weekly student-led reflection dialogues. And of course, we encourage anyone interested to participate with a group of peers or on their own!

We invite all students, faculty and staff to register and join us for the Challenge, April 5-25, 2021! 

Register for the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge!         QUESTIONS? Contact Karen Spiller

  UNH Employees! New opportunity for Spring 2021! We are proud to collaborate with UNH's Office of Community, Equity and Diversity to pilot a new “peer-to-peer” employee outreach program to deepen the UNH community’s understanding of social justice in the context of our regional food systems. Helping all members of the UNH community understand and address structural racism, and environmental and social justice, is critical to UNH’s embodiment of its values of sustainability and diversity. See the "Peer Education Program for UNH Employees" dropdown for information and to get involved!

A Community of Learning: Racial Equity

Are you, or your staff, interested in learning more about racial equity? Sustainable food Systems?


New for Spring 2021! We are proud to collaborate with UNH's Office of Community, Equity and Diversity to pilot a new “peer-to-peer” employee outreach program to deepen the UNH community’s understanding of social justice in the context of our regional food systems. Helping all members of the UNH community understand and address structural racism, and environmental and social justice, is critical to UNH’s embodiment of its values of sustainability and diversity.

Staff and faculty who participate will benefit from a chance to:

  • Be in community with others who care about racial justice and sustainability
  • Build professional skills around facilitation and leadership
  • Learn more about regional food systems
  • Help “build will and skill” to address racial equity

Peer educators will be asked to:

  • Participate in individual and group learning, reflection and training around the Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge framework
  • Promote and invite peers at UNH to participate in the Challenge in April 2021
  • Support discussion and dialogue with departmental peers during the month of April
  • Provide feedback about making this an ongoing peer-to-peer educational offering at UNH

2021 Schedule for Peer Educators:
Peer educators will be asked to commit approximately 30 hours between February and May 2021.

JANUARY: Sign up

  • background and orientation materials provided

FEBRUARY: (7 hrs.) Preparation & Training

  • Individual learning with 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge materials provided
  • 2 workshop sessions, 2 hours each, every other week

MARCH: (9 hrs.) Preparation & Training

  • ​​​​​​​Individual learning with 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge materials provided
  • 2 workshop sessions, 2 hours each, every other week
  • Invite colleagues to participate

APRIL: (10 hrs.) Facilitate Discussion with Peers

  • Support dialogue and reflection among colleagues during the Challenge

May: (4 hrs.) Reflect and Offer Feedback

  • Support dialogue and reflection among colleagues during the Challenge
    • What did you learn personally/professionally
    • How could the program be improved and expanded?

Sign up

In 2018, the Sustainability Institute, through the Haas Professorship, brought the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge to the UNH campus community. This year's UNH Planning Team includes Departments of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems; Communications; Psychology; Social Work along with Paul College; Hospitality and Dining Services; and Office of Community, Equity and Diversity. They have engaged in creating a menu of interactive activities including a launch event, facilitated discussions, cooking demonstrations, and more.

Contact Karen Spiller for more information.

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional network that unites the food system community around a shared set of values – democratic empowerment, racial equity and dignity for all, sustainability, and trust – and strengthens the movement’s ability to achieve New England Food Vision goals. This network is coordinated by UNH’s Sustainability Institute.
 
In 2013, FSNE publicly "centered" the racial equity value of our work and, in addition to supporting each other to learn, grow and change toward a more racially just system, the network was inspired by the work of Dr. Eddie Moore, Debby Irving and Dr. Marguerite Pennick-Parks to adapt the 21-Day Habit-Building Challenge with food system lens. FSNE has been organizing and hosting the Challenge every year since 2014. Focusing on our network, it started with a couple of hundred regional participants and has grown to more than 7,000 participants, nationally and internationally in 2020. (As well as many organizations adapting the Challenge for their own unique needs).