“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." - Margaret J. Wheatly 

 “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman 


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It’s often said that education is a great equalizer: any student who studies and works hard can advance their status. However, as we’ve seen throughout this challenge, inequities experienced by BIPOC and other marginalized students from kindergarten through high school can actually cause further educational and economic disparities. Inequitable funding leads to fewer resources. Cash strapped schools have higher dropout and discipline rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control, dropping out of school is associated with multiple lifelong social and health problems such as obesity, substance abuse, and intentional and unintentional injury.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities with greater loss of life and adverse health outcomes. It is not difficult to see how the cycle of generational poverty keeps spinning in part because education impacts health and wellness which impacts earning potential and financial stability.


- “Education and Socioeconomic Status” - How socioeconomic status encompasses not just income but also educational attainment, financial security, and subjective perceptions of social status/class.

- "Benefits of Education are Societal and Personal” - Explore the many benefits of education.

- “How Systemic Racism Infiltrates Education” - The path to achievement and advancement is easier for some than for others. People of color face barriers to success every single day, from a very early age, that whites never even have to think or worry about.


- "The Pandemic’s Impact on Education and Work for People of Color" - Survey data from the Strada Education Network show that Black and Latino Americans are more likely than white Americans to have been laid off during the crisis. (41 minutes)

- "The Importance of Second Chances" - U.S. Secretary of Education in 2016, Dr. John B. King, speaks to the value of second chances, student and educator support, self-care, and national leadership on the issues facing educational success. (37 minutes)

- "Nice White Parents" - Five-part series by reporter Chana Joffe-Walt on what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: white parents. (60 minutes)


- “Education: It Matters More to Health Than Ever Before” - Did you know that your years of education can affect how long and how well you will live? (4 minutes)

- “Why Most Students are Getting the Least Out of School” - Did you know that the majority of our nation's K-12 students are living in poverty and are systematically lacking the external supports they need to succeed in school? (16 minutes)

- “How Do Schools Promote Equity Among Students?” - Discusses how schools are promoting inequity of teaching. (6 minutes)


- Cities across CT are declaring racism as a public health crisis. Follow efforts in New Haven or your town and identify other local nonprofits addressing systems-level racial justice work like CEIO. Support them through participating in workshops and events or by donating other resources.

- Listen to the Spotify Equity Challenge playlist from one of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge founders, Debby Irving. Create your own Soundtrack4Justice to engage and inspire others.

- Sign up for newsletters such as PACES Connection Daily Digest, follow former CT teacher and now US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Twitter, and read up on CT’s educational stories.

Post your reflections from today’s challenge on social media or share with a friend that you are participating in this Equity Challenge as part of your learning and commitment to racial justice. Use the hashtag #UnitedForEquity and tag @UnitedWayOfGreaterNewHaven.

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