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Quad Cities 21 Day Equity Challenge

What is the 21-Day Equity Challenge?


  • Built around the idea that it takes 21 days to change a habit, the challenge is a three­ week-long project in which participants tackle daily actions, sent via email, which include readings, podcasts, videos, observations and ways to form and deepen connections and understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.
  • The challenge is to spend a 10 - 15 minutes each day learning and getting a better understanding of the equity issues we face in the Quad Cities.



How does it work?


  • Sign up for the challenge. There are 3 sessions. Registration for the first session of the

21-Day Equity Challenge is open through Aug. 20 at

  • Beginning on August 24


you will receive an email each weekday.

  • Each day's message will have information, links to articles, videos and more about a specific topic. The challenge is to spend a few minutes learning and getting a better understanding of the equity issues we face in the Quad Cities.
  • At the end of the challenge, we will present you with ideas and actions you can take to improve equity issues in the Quad Cities and you will be invited to the Equity Summit in October to continue the conversation.
  • Each action will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and can be done individually or as a group.


Why is this equity challenge important at this  time?


The past several months have made the realities of racial inequality and injustice more clear than ever before for so many.


We have seen a seismic shift in our community- and nation -where more  and more  of

us are wanting to learn and take action to make a difference in the lives  of our neighbors, friends and family.


Taking part in the 21-Day Equity Challenge will  help  us discover how racial inequity and social injustice affect  our community and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.


During these times of uncertainty, it's easy to retreat to our comfort zones. At the same time, we face an unprecedented opportunity to embrace the uncomfortable and face the systemic problems head on.


A community-wide  effort- that includes United Way, Quad Cities Community Foundation, Visit Quad Cities, Quad Cities Chamber and 1,000 Quad Citizens just like you- is needed to help change habits to build and reimagine a more equitable Quad Cities with the 21-Day Equity Challenge. Together, we'll listen, learn, reflect and act to help us improve equity and inclusion in the Quad Cities.


Who is the equity challenge for?


The equity challenge is perfect for anyone who cares about the future of our community and wants to be a part of improving opportunities for every Quad Citizen.


While white Quad Citizens will likely learn the most, the content of the challenge is designed for a diverse audience. There is something in the challenge for all people.


What are the session dates and deadlines?


  • Session #1: Aug. 24- Sept. 13; Register by Aug. 20.
  • Session #2: Sept. 17- Oct. 7; Register by Sept. 15.
  • Session #3: Oct. 26 - Nov. 15; Register by Oct. 22.


Once the challenge begins on Aug. 24, actions can be done any time or any place with an internet connection. The actions will also be available online at


Where did the idea for the equity challenge come from?


The challenge was originally developed by University of Iowa alum Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., along with Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks and Debby Irving and was adapted by Food Solutions New England. United Way Quad Cities, and partners Quad Cities Community Foundation, Quad Cities Chamber and Visit Quad Cities have adapted the challenge to center on Rock Island and Scott counties.


What are some examples of topics covered in the challenge?


The 21-Day Equity Challenge ranges from themes such as personal racial identity, to reflecting on biases, to defining what "privilege" means. In the first week, participants will explore why it's hard to talk about race, the impact of racial trauma on Black, brown and Indigenous people.


What is the Quad Cities Equity Summit?


All challenge participants will be invited to the Quad Cities Equity Summit on October 15, which will focus on bringing people together to talk about what we can do individually and collectively to reduce and prevent racial inequities across systems that impact education, financial stability and health in the Quad Cities. More information on the summit will be announced in late September.


How do I register for the equity challenge?


The equity challenge is free of charge, as the purpose is to increase awareness of local racial inequities and build community and political will to address them.


To register or learn more about the equity challenge,  visit  www.equitychallengeqc. org or call

563-355-4310.  To learn more about the United Way, visit


About United Way of the Quad Cities


United Way is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all Quad Citizens. Working with our determined partners, volunteers, advocates and donors, we lead the charge to improve education, income and health - the building blocks of

opportunity. The result is a mobilized community where every Quad Citizen is living their best possible life.