AERO is once again offering a free 21 week self-learning “challenge” exploring Racial Equity in the Food System. Racial inequities in the food system can lead to unfair differences in terms of healthy food access in communities, access to land for farming or starting a food business, and risk for diet-related diseases. The challenge is based on the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, created by Food Solutions New England and who have graciously shared their content with AERO. We offer the same content and, instead of working through the challenge in 21 consecutive days, we spread it out over 21 weeks – beginning the Sunday following July 4, and ending the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Our hope is this longer timeframe will make it easier to integrate the challenge into your schedule, and give you time to more-fully engage with the material.
We particularly encourage business and organization staff to participate together, making time in your work schedule to gather regularly for an hour or so, and dialogue together, sharing your experience. Creating space and common language for talking about race is a valuable first step to the exploration of developing an impactful racial equity plan for your team and business.
HOW IT WORKS:
Starting July 9th, you’ll receive an email with a short message and a link to the week’s prompt. The prompt includes links to articles, videos, interviews, and tools to help raise your awareness, change your understanding, and inspire you to act. Extra resources are offered, in case you want to dig further into the topic. The rest is up to you: Make time to read, to explore, to reflect. Find ways to act. Be willing to be honest and vulnerable in your sharing. Accept that this is a long, complex, evolving journey. There is no right or wrong way to do this work. Be compassionate with your process.