7-Day Equity and Justice Challenge

Martin Luther King, Jr. 7-Day Equity and Justice ChallengeAs part of this year’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Day celebration, we are offering this seven-day challenge to encourage you to expand your awareness and deepen your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

From learning about yourself and your own identities, to developing interpersonal skills, to addressing everyday oppression, there are many ways that we can contribute to forward movement towards a more equitable and inclusive society.

For this challenge, we encourage you to choose one or two of the recommended options for each daily challenge to complete. If you have time, do more. Take the time to reflect as you complete each of the activities, taking notice of what you have learned, what emotions come up for you, and how you have shifted your perspective.

The goal is not to complete every action item in this challenge, as equity and justice are lifelong quests on which we must all embark. We encourage you to continue your learning and engagement beyond these seven days and deepen your commitment beyond this celebration.

This challenge was inspired by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.’s 21-Day Equity Challenge, with some elements adapted from the Winters Group, Inc. 21 Days of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Calendar.

If you would like a printable version of the challenge, please download the PDF document using the button below.

Read

“What Does Social Justice Mean?” - Human Rights Careers

Listen

“Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 101 (with Richemont’s Doug Melville)" - Race at Work with Porter Braswell, Season 1, Episode 9 (podcast) - Harvard Business Review

Connect

Follow Joey Oteng (@drjotengii), Social Justice Educator and law student on Instagram, and learn some amazing foundational lessons on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Engage

“Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 101” Self-Guided Learning, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

Reflect

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Babson's definition of diversity, equity, and inclusion as an institutional value. How do you embody this value in your daily life as a member of our community?

Read

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (Chapter 2: The Complexity of Identity)

Watch

“Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (TED Talk)

Notice

Take note of the last few interacts that you have had in the past week. What is the racial mix of this group of individuals? What about gender? Sexual orientation? Socioeconomic status? Immigration status or nationality? When was the last time that you interacted with someone who shares an identity in which you have little awareness?

Connect

“Self-Understanding, Identity, and Power” Micro-Learning (Lesson 2)

Engage

Reach out to the Office of Multicultural and Identity Programs and the Glavin Office of International Education to learn more about programs and opportunities to expand your cross-cultural awareness and cultivate a global mindset.

Act

Students, you should complete the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Learning Platform if you haven't done so yet.

Reflect

What lessons were you taught about race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, or other identities as a young person with which you now disagree? 

Read

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (Chapter 3: Racism and the White Backlash) by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Listen

‘I Have a Dream’ Speech, In Its Entirety, by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Talk of the Nation, NPR

Watch

“13th” (Documentary) by Ava DuVernay - Netflix

Connect

Follow organizations committed to combating racism in many forms within our nation. Examples include:

Listen

Therapy for Black Girls - Session 190: Creating Calm through Meditation & Affirmations (Podcast) by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

Engage

Follow The Nap Ministry on Twitter and Instagram

Act

Take care of yourself today. Choose activities that bring you inner peace and/or joy. Listen to your favorite song, engage in meditation or prayer, or simply take a moment to rest.

Read

How is Race, Class, and Gender Interconnected in Understanding Oppression? - CUNY Leadership Fellows

Listen

The Combahee River Collective and the Birth of Intersectional Feminism (podcast episode)

Watch

The Urgency of Intersectionality by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw (TED Talk)

Connect

Follow the National Congress of American Indians to learn about policy issues impacting American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Indigenous people in the United States.

Engage

Take a look at United Nations’ page on global issues to learn about injustices that have sweeping impacts across nations.

Reflect

Spent - Virtual Poverty Simulation

Read

Article - Moving from Ally to Accomplice: How Far Are You Willing to Go to Disrupt Racism in the Workplace? - Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Watch

Babson Connect: Worldwide - The Courage to Collide: How Diversity & Inclusion Paves the Way for Innovation - Aaron Walton ‘83

Connect

Check out Babson’s Lewis Institute for Social Innovation to learn about their many events focused on social impact and community service!

Engage

Follow our many cultural clubs and organizations on Instagram, such as the Black Student Union, Origins of Necessary Equality, Latin American Student Organization, Babson Asian Pacific Student Association, and many other amazing groups! They host meets and events open to all students!

Act

Ways you can make an impact in your own right:

  1. Support a business owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color, women, or LGBTQ+ individuals.
  2. Donate money, time, or support to an organization that serves and uplifts underrepresented populations.
  3. Learn about what work is being done in your home community to serve communities that have long been ignored.

Read

Blog Post - Decolonizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work: A Call to Action - The Inclusion Solution

Listen

Check out this Spotify playlist of curated songs to inspire you in your call to action!

Engage

Attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Day Celebration and listen to points of reflection offered by keynote speaker Farah Bernier MBA’08!

Act

Extend the challenge beyond the week! Take a look at the many diversity, equity, and inclusion resources that Babson has to offer.