How long will each day’s activity take?

Budget at least 10-20 minutes each day for the activity, plus time for reflecting and engaging if you plan to take those additional steps. If you are willing and able to invest more time, feel free to complete more than one of the options listed for each day.

Who can participate?

The challenge is open to all members of the SUNY Cortland community, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, prior anti-racism work.
You are welcome to share the challenge with friends and family, but the Facebook group and reflection form are intended for SUNY Cortland participants.

Why 21 days?

Some say it takes three weeks — or 21 days — to cement a new habit. Ideally, these 21 days will be the beginning of a lifelong commitment to equity for all.

Where did the 21-Day Challenge come from?

Our challenge was inspired by diversity scholar, Eddie Moore Jr.'s 21-Day Challenge. His challenge was published in 2014 to encourage a deeper understanding of race, privilege, supremacy, power and oppression.

How will my participation make a difference?

Change is hard, especially when we look at hundreds of years of structural and systemic inequality. The challenge is a way to become familiar with topics of privilege, oppression, equality and social justice. By challenging yourself to learn and grow, you can spark change in yourself — which can create a ripple effect in your family, workplace or school, community and beyond.

Will I receive daily reminders?

After you register, you will receive a reminder at the 10 and 21 day milestones. We also suggest adding a repeating calendar event with reminders.

When does the challenge start and end?

There is no official start or end date. You can begin whenever you like.

How do weekends work?

It’s up to you. If you would like to participate on the weekends, you’re more than welcome to do so.

What if I miss a day?

No worries! Just pick up where you left off. We encourage you to use the progress tracker (PDF) to help you stay on or get back on track.

I finished the challenge. Now what?

Completing the challenge is hopefully just the beginning of your journey. The last section includes some options for getting involved at SUNY Cortland. Use your new habit and the tools you have learned to engage in meaningful dialogue, recognize racial injustice, create change and continue to grow as an anti-racist individual. Don't forget to share the challenge with your colleagues!

I have more questions

Great! We encourage your questions. Simply email any of the Anti-Racism Task Force Multimedia Subcommittee members. Your questions and suggestions will help us modify the Challenge to make it even better.

Anti-Racism Task Force Multimedia Subcommittee