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. 

We invite all students, faculty and staff to register for the Challenge next spring and engage with the UNH events, activities and resources - see last year's events below.

Important Dates & Reminders

We're excited to engage in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge again in the spring of 2022. Stay tuned for updates.


Are you, or your staff, interested in building skill and will to engage others around sustainability and racial equity work on campus?

Building on a spring 2021 pilot program, UNH will convene a two-semester peer-to-peer employee outreach program to deepen the UNH community’s understanding of social justice in the context of food systems and food justice. 

Learn more and get involved!

UNH 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge Events & Details


UNH hosts a suite of events, activities and sharing resources
during the Challenge - join us! 

Check out what our UNH community did last year during the Challenge.


    4th Annual Stories & Voices:
    Interactive Dialogue Engaging in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

    Thursday, April 8, 6-7:30 p.m.  | Learn more & register      
    Wednesday, April 14, 6-7:30 p.m. | Learn more & register    

    Monday, April 20, 6-7:30 p.m. | Learn more & register       

    Students from the Civil Discourse Lab will be hosting a weekly virtual dialogue series, designed for students. Participate in one, two, or all three facilitated sessions. These sessions, led by undergraduate students from CMN 662: Public Dialogue and Deliberation, are designed to foster conversations with those participating and/or interested in the commitment and action inspired by the Challenge and will focus on that week’s Challenge content and encourage peer-to-peer discussion. Feel free to bring a friend. You must register on Eventbrite to access these events.

    The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge Journey

    Friday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Join by Zoom.
    Friday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Join by Zoom.
    Friday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Join by Zoom.

    In this 3-part series, the Inclusion and Equity Committee invites you to join Karen Spiller, Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems, to reflect upon the week’s readings and prompts of the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge. We will dig deeper to explore what was learned and/or affirmed (Head); what commitments we are willing to make (Heart); and what actions we will initiate (Hands). Only pre-requisite: Participants are receiving and delving into the daily prompts of the Challenge.

    Spring Harvest Dinner

    Thursday, April 22 from 4:30 p.m. until close, at all three UNH Dining Halls; open to all.
    Welcome spring with UNH Dining for a delicious feast in celebration of Earth Day and UNH’s participation in the Challenge! All three Dining Halls will feature a “Spring Harvest Dinner” focusing on using local products and some of our local partners. This is a result of UNH Dining working with the Challenge at UNH, in which they will be featuring many of their partners that support a “Just and Equitable Food System”.

    The Challenge on Display at Dimond Library

    Visit Dimond Library for a collection of selected readings, videos and films focusing on racial equity and food justice during the Challenge. 
    Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      More to ways to engage:

      • Chef Todd is whipping up some recipes for us during the 2021 Challenge based on the "What's in Your Pantry?" survey! Check out the first of three cooking demonstrations:
        1. Simply Stir-Fry
      • Watch the UNH 2020 21-Day and 50th Earth Day videos with Chef Todd:
        1. Cooking Tortillas:

        2. Cooking Koshari
      • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for interesting and informative factiods coming during the Challenge in April!
      • Listen to the 2020 UNH Podcats, Episode 74, “Earth Day & The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
      • Read UNH authored blog posts on the FSNE website by Chris Gagliolo (CDL Fellow) with his Rose Colored Racism, and Michele Holt-Shannon (NH Listens) with her We Need to Talk.

      A Community of Learning: Racial Equity

      In spring 2021, more than 70 UNH staff and faculty participated in 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. The program, offered in partnership between the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity and the Sustainability Institute, aims to help 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.

      2021-2022 Program Kicks Off this Fall!

      Learn more and register!

      Staff and faculty 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

      In 2018, the Sustainability Institute, through the Haas Professorship, brought the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge to the UNH campus community.

      Thanks to 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).