21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Harborlight Montessori’s Faculty, Staff, and Parent Community are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.

Are you concerned about social justice and racism in our society but not sure what you can do about it? According to Debby Irving, racial justice activist and author of Waking Up White, one of the most important things to do is to grow our own racial justice practice, by making it just that, a practice. So here’s the challenge: for 21 days, starting March 10, let’s all do one action to further our understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity. The Harborlight Inclusivity Committee is creating a group on the student management system full of resources, events and activities for you to choose from. Some take only a few minutes. Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, you can read more about the 21-day challenge created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Debby Irving and Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks: http://www.debbyirving.com/21-day-challenge/

Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part it just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for justice.

About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge​

  • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity.
  • Use the tracking chart provided below to stay on course. (drag to desktop and print)
  • Plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.
  • Adaptable to all forms of social justice.
  • We think understanding white privilege is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.
  • Can be done individually, with friends and family, or organization-wide.
  • For examples of how communities are adapting the challenge to meet their specific social justice focus click HERE.

 Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Check out debbyirving.com/recommended-resources/ for more ideas.


For more information about Harborlight Montessori and our infant/toddler, preschool, elementary, or middle school programs, please make an appointment to visit our Beverly, Ma campus. You can contact us here 


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