If you’re in Wisconsin and you’ve got 21 weeks to spare, self-improvement awaits.
At the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the administration is challenging students to an equity mission.
According to an email obtained by The Daily Wire — and in concert with Black History Month — UWP’s offering the “opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and communities.”
The program began February 1st and will conclude June 21st.
Per the message, “Weekly topics take participants through a journey that starts with understanding internalized racism and explores how racism permeates person-to-person interactions, institutions, and social structures.”
Further explanation indicates it’s “intended to deepen understanding, suggest ways to take action, and help launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our communities.”
And who came up with the program?
That’d be the United Way.
As stated by the Wire, the organization — which boasts 1,800 chapters across 40 countries — “advocates for a liberal policy agenda, particularly for the expansion of the Affordable Care Act.”
Additionally, it “partners with large companies such as Pepsi and Starbucks, as well as several NFL teams.”
The Way’s Uniting Illinois with the same 21-week program.
UnitedWayIllinois.com says the endeavor will “engage in racial equity conversations to gain a deeper understanding about the impact of systemic racism.”
In Iowa, they’ve gotten the challenge down to 21 days.
Here’s a bit of education from New York’s version:
“Americans believe in the reality of ‘race’ as a de ned, indubitable feature of the natural world. Racism—the need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them—inevitably follows from this inalterable condition. In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature, and one is left to deplore the Middle Passage or Trail of Tears the way one deplores an earthquake, a tornado, or any other phenomenon that can be cast as beyond the handiwork of men. But race is the child of racism, not the father.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates
It appears the United Way’s gotten a bit more spunk as of late. Its standard logo, as you surely recall, is a palm holding a person:
— United Way (@UnitedWay) February 11, 2021
The Challenge, by contrast, gets a bit of this:
The United Way of Il Equity Challenge encourages us to learn about racial equity and the impact systemic racism and inequity have in our communities.
FREE , Receive one email per week, Spend 15 minutes per week completing each challenge. https://t.co/3xfCCp3NR8
— Michelle Piotrowski (@michelle_pio) January 5, 2021
Back to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the school’s trying to fix America’s issue.
The webpage for its Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion advertises “Moon Shot for Equity,” which sets sights on “eliminating gaps in graduation rates among white and historically underserved student populations. As President Kennedy set out his vision for the United States to land an astronaut on the moon within a decade, we are committing to achieving equity in student success in our region by 2030, an ambitious but attainable goal.”
Learn more about UWP:
Are you ready for the challenge?
The university’s got you covered — all of you:
- African Student Organization
- Black Student Union
- Latinos Unidos
- Muslim Student Organization
- Parkside Asian Organization
- Parkside International Club
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