Race & Equity

Posted on October 23rd, 2020 by lbrown
Today marks the beginning of the United Way’s 21-Day Equity Challenge, and Allendale Columbia is thrilled to be participating!  As part of our participation, all employees and some community members will be receiving a daily email with resources and reflection questions around issues of equity.  We will also provide opportunities to come together and discuss the content you are exploring.
Today’s highlights:
  • About 10% of AC’s students are multiracial.  “Race and Multiracial Americans in the U.S. Census” gives an overview of how multiracial Americans have been represented in the census over time.
  • “The Myth of Race Debunked” is a short video that highlights how racial categories have changed greatly over time. A great resource to use with your children and/or students!


Welcome to Day 1 of our community’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge! Together, thousands of local people are working to develop a deeper understanding of race, equity, and our collective role in improving our community.
To help set the stage, let’s look at a few common terms and develop a mutual understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equity:
  • Diversity – Welcoming differences of race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitment, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.
  • Inclusion – A commitment to ensuring that differences are welcomed, every person feels a sense of belonging, and everyone’s voice is valued and heard.
  • Equity – A commitment to fair and impartial opportunities for all, often through actively challenging and responding to bias, harassment, and discrimination.
This Challenge is focused on racial equity. The Center for Social Inclusion defines racial equity as an outcome and a process. We are striving toward the outcome of everyone having what they need to thrive, regardless of their race or where they live. The process of equity requires breaking down beliefs, systems, policies, and practices that support systemic racism and racial inequity.
You may have heard the idea that race is a “social construct”. What does this mean? Race is not defined by genetics or DNA, instead society plays a major role in shaping our views of race and racial identity. With this comes social, economic, and political implications that have contributed to racial inequity in the United States for hundreds of years.
“The gaps between racial and ethnic groups are greater in the Rochester region than in the United States or New York State as a whole. This is not a city-suburb comparison. The nine-county area includes four cities, expansive suburban areas, numerous villages, and significant rural areas.”
Option 1: Read “Race and Multiracial Americans in the U.S. Census” from the Pew Research Center
Option 2: Read “What is Racial Equity” from the Center for Social Inclusion
Option 3: Watch “The Myth of Race: Debunked in 3 Minutes” from Jenée Desmond Harris at Vox
The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge does not support nor endorse any advertisements associated with the above content.
Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • When did I first become aware of my racial identity?
  • How does my race impact me on a day-to-day basis?
Local Ways to Get Involved:
  • Sign up to learn more about Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative’s Structural Racism Guiding Principle and dismantling institutional racism on October 29.
Share What You Learned:
Use the images below to share that you learned about race and equity today, and use be sure to include #ROCequity.
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