Aviva Cohen
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21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

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21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

NOTE: We welcome you to take the Challenge on your own, but we also offer a guided version of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge that is done with a cohort on a monthly basis. You can sign up here.


Welcome to the Michigan League for Public Policy’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge! We would like to thank Food Solutions New England, whose Challenge we have used as a model and adapted to highlight racial inequity and our related policy priorities here in Michigan.

Several years ago, the League made a decision to apply a racial equity lens to the anti-poverty work at the heart of our mission. The disparities in health, wealth and well-being that we seek to eradicate are largely a result of racism enshrined in public policy over the course of U.S. history. Today, we cannot hope to achieve our mission of economic security for all Michiganders without understanding the origins of the concept of race, how it influences us as individuals and as an organization, and how it functions to preserve inequity in our laws, institutions and systems.

We would like to thank the following partners for their knowledge, perspectives and guidance in putting the Challenge together:

Fay Givens, Choctaw/Cherokee, Executive Director of American Indian Services, Inc.

Dr. Kay McGowan, Choctaw/Cherokee, Cultural Anthropologist, Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University

Dana Ashlock, Program Director, Jackson Community Foundation

Dr. Andre Fields, Associate Professor/Counselor, Grand Rapids Community College

And special thanks to Julie Cassidy, Senior Policy Analyst at the Michigan League for Public Policy, for leading this project.

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