In my travels with Fred Korematsu, he always closed by saying:
“Don’t be afraid to speak up.”
So let’s not be afraid to speak up. Let’s speak up. Our voices are more important now than ever.
The ABA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is proud to launch its syllabus for another “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge©,” and we invite ABA members and non-ABA members to participate. The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge © concept was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. We are grateful to him for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this concept as an educational tool.
This Challenge is the second ABA-wide 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge©, following the syllabus created for the inaugural ABA-wide Challenge in February 2021 to commemorate Black History Month. That first ABA-wide Challenge followed the 21-Day Challenge syllabus launched by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law in June 2020.
The Goal of the Challenge
The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity, and specifically to learn more about the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate.
How it Works
It is, of course, completely voluntary to do, and participation in the Challenge shall not be construed as agreement with every word of every assignment nor a commitment by any person to a particular professional position or strategy. Further, participants are free to opt out of participating along the way. There is no grade at the end of the Challenge. While it is not the intention of the Challenge to cause offense, some participants may be offended by some language or images used in the lessons.
The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that includes readings, videos, or podcasts. It has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of AAPI histories, identities, and cultures, and to the AAPI community’s experiences of racism in America. One theme the Challenge continually attempts to highlight is that the AAPI community is not monolithic. Further, the terminology used to refer to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is varied (e.g., Asian Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, or Asian and Pacific Islander Americans). We seek to be as inclusive as possible in our use of the terms “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” or “AAPIs.” . Finally, this focus on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the AAPI community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.
Access the Syllabus
See a day-by-day breakdown of the Syllabus below, or you can access the full syllabus, including reflection/discussion questions, additional links from ABA entities, and ABA entity-recommended resources at this link.
21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is the registered copyright of America & Moore, LLC. 2014.
Sign Up to Join the Challenge!
If you would like to pledge to join the Challenge, click here (ABA affiliation is not required to participate).
Come back regularly to check new discussion questions and Additional Resources! Access this page quickly: https://ambar.org/AAPI21DayChallenge