A community in which everyone feels they belong.
Increase community conversations and support learning about DEI and racial justice.
We invite you to participate in Acton-Boxborough United Way's first 21-Day Equity Challenge June 10-30!
The 21-Day Equity Challenge was originally developed in 2014 by speaker and educator Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., who created the concept as a way for participants to build habits of seeing and addressing racial inequity. In 2015, Food Solutions New England adapted the challenge as an annual way for their supporters to learn about racism in relation to the work the organization does. Since then, many companies and organizations have adapted their model to highlight inequities and injustices in communities across the country.
Drawing on content pioneered by United Way chapters like United Way of Washtenaw County and United Way of Des Moines, a small team from A-B United Way's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism) Team developed a 21-Day Equity Challenge specific to Acton and Boxborough.
Community Building Circles
This fall, we will engage Pathways to Restorative Communities to train local Circle Keepers. By engaging in this train-the-trainer model, we will build lasting local capacity to strengthen our community’s ability to engage in difficult conversations around Racial Justice and more broadly on topics related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion.
Training Active Bystanders
Through a partnership between Danny's Place, Fostering Racial Justice, and Acton-Boxborough United Way, five virtual Training Active Bystanders (TAB) workshops were offered in the Spring of 2021.
TAB is a skill-building process that helps participants know when they are bystanders, to analyze situations, and evaluate consequences. TAB gives bystanders the competencies to create action plans in the moment of need or later. Active bystandership means taking responsible action to help people in need, instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. It does not mean aggression against the harm doer. TAB is also about responding positively to helpful behaviors, and engaging with people beyond your normal circle.
Both of these training opportunities have been funded in part by CHNA 15, made possible by Determination of Need funds received from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Winchester Hospital.