Equity Challenge Resources

United Way of Western Connecticut hosts quarterly 5-Day Equity Challenges on various topics. The challenges serve as a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. Below, you will find all of the resources from the previous Equity Challenges.

Tools and Resources

Food Insecurity Overview

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 New Poverty and Food Insecurity Data Illustrate Persistent Racial Inequities (Read)

Watch

What is Food Insecurity? (Watch)

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Hunger in America: Millions of Americans Didn't Have Enough Food Last Year (Listen)

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Food Research & Action Center - Bills We're Supporting (Act)

Support Resources

Feeding America (Read)

End Hunger Connecticut (Learn More)

Connecticut Food Bank (Read)

Foodshare (Read)

Dive Deeper

Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue (Read)

Food Insecurity in Connecticut (Read)

More Americans are Going Hungry, and it Costs More to Feed Them (Read)

Impact of Food Insecurity on Children

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 Hunger Advocates Want Free School Meals for all Kids. It's a Tough Sell in Congress (Read)

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Child Food Insecurity Report on NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition (Watch)

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How Food Insecurity Shapes Children and Families (Listen)

Act

Take Action for Children (Act)

Support Resources

Filling in the Blanks (Read)

End Hunger Connecticut (Learn More)

Dive Deeper

Before COVID, Stamford Schools Worried it Didn't Feed all its Hungry Kids. Now it can. (Read)

CT Aims to Expand Eligibility for Food Assistance Program (Read)

Child Hunger and Nutrition (Read)

Facts About Child Hunger in America (Read)

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Factsheet (Read)

School Meals are Essential for Student Health and Learning (Read)

Food Insecurity Among Older Adults

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 Feeding America Study Shows Deepening Divide in Senior Hunger Rates Along Racial and Ethnic Lines (Read)

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More Than 9 Million Older Adults Face Food Insecurity (Watch)

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Food Insecurity Among Older Adults (Listen)

Act

Take Action and Speak up (Act)

Support Resources

SNAP for Older Adults (Read)

 Check Your Eligibility for Food Assistance Programs (Check)

Dive Deeper

Understanding Food Insecurity Among Older Adults (Read)

Get the Facts on Food Insecurity and Older Adults (Read)

Food Insecurity in Black Communities (Read)

Food Insecurity and Health

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 Remembering the Impact of Malnutrition and Food Insecurity on Healthy Aging (Read)

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Illuminating Intersections: Hunger and Health (Watch)

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Systemic Racism, Childhood Food Insecurity, and Obesity (Listen)

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Take Action (Act)

Support Resources

Connecting food-insecure individuals to programs and resources (Read)

Dive Deeper

Effects of Hunger (Read)

Child Hunger and Long-Term Adverse Consequences for Health (Read)

State and Federal Policy Changes

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 CT Aims to Expand Eligibility for Food Assistance Program (Read)

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How Can we Change our Food Systems? Integrated Food Policy (Watch)

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Hunger, Historical Policies, and Structural Racism in the U.S. (Listen)

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Advocacy Action at End Hunger CT! (Act)

Support Resources

Can I Get Food Stamps: A Non-Citizens Guide to SNAP Benefits (Read)

Dive Deeper

A Way Out of Food Racism & Poverty (Watch)

Systemic Racism - Housing Discrimination

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 Racial Inequities in Housing (Read)

Watch

Segregated by Design (Watch)

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The Racist Architecture of Homeownership: How Housing Segregation has Persisted (Listen)

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5 Policy Solutions to Advance Racial Equity in Housing (Act)

Support Resources

In Connecticut, fair housing is your right - Learn to recognize the signs of discrimination in rental, sales, and lending, and how to protect yourself (Learn More)

Connecticut Fair Housing Center (Learn More)

Dive Deeper

Connecticut’s Housing Divide (Watch)

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering (Read)

Solutions to Racial Disparities in Housing (Watch)

White Americans Confront Legacy of Housing Discrimination (Watch)

Housing Segregation - Redlining and Financing

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The Lasting Legacy of Redlining (Read)

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What is Redlining? (Watch)

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A 'Forgotten History' of how the U.S. government segregated America (Listen)

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Interactive Redlining Map Zooms in on America's History of Discrimination (Act)

Support Resources

It is illegal for lenders and creditors to discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status. If you believe a lender has discriminated against you or anyone else for any reason, you have options. Submit a complaint online with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or by calling (855) 411-2372, or file a Fair Housing complaint at HUD.gov.

Dive Deeper

RACE - The Power of an illusion: How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created (Watch)

Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History (Watch)

Homelessness and Racial Disparities

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Homelessness and Racial Disparities (Read)

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Youth of Color Disproportionately Impacted by Housing Instability (Watch)

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Unraveling The Mystery Of Why So Many African-Americans End Up Homeless (Listen)

Act

Get involved with The Housing Collective.

Attend a virtual listening session, dive into Race Equity resources, and get involved as an advocate with CT Coalition to End Homelessness

Support Resources

Anyone seeking shelter in Connecticut needs to connect directly with 2-1-1 before receiving help. Dial 2-1-1 or search online at 211ct.org.

Dive Deeper

Racial Equity & Housing with Amanda Andere (Watch)

‘A Pileup of Inequities’: Why People of Color Are Hit Hardest by Homelessness (Read)

Funders Together to End Homelessness: Racial Equity Resources (Resources)

How to Start Addressing Racial Disparities in Your Community (Read)

Zoning Policies and Practices

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America’s Racist Housing Rules Really can be Fixed (Read)

Watch

How Zoning can Restrict or Even Prevent Affordable Housing (Watch)

Listen

Addressing Structural Racism in Urban Planning (Listen)

Act

 Get involved in one of several CT initiatives

 Growing Together Connecticut

 Open Communities Alliance

 DesegrateCT

Support Resources

 CT Fair Housing 

 Report Housing Discrimination

Dive Deeper

A Fair Share Housing Model for CT (Read)

Zoning for Equity (Read)

CT Zoning Atlas (View)

‘Zoning for Equity’ Report by Local Nonprofit Finds Barriers Persist in Building Affordable Housing (Read)

The Freedom to Divide: Zoning and Segregation in Connecticut (Read)

Renters' and Tenants' Rights

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Black and Hispanic Renters Experience Discrimination in Almost Every Major American City (Read)

Watch

Can They Do That? Understanding and Protecting Tenants' Rights in Connecticut (Watch)

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The Color of Evictions (Listen)

Act

 Support the new Connecticut Right to Counsel Program through Eviction Help CT (Support)

 Join a fair housing training from the CT Fair Housing Center (Join)

Support Resources

 Landlords/Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities 211  

 EvictionHelpCT

 CT Fair Housing Center

History and Policy that Led to Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gaps

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 Systemic Inequality: How America's Structural Racism Helped Create the Black-White Wealth Gap (Read)

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Explained | Racial Wealth Gap (Watch)

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Investing in Black Economic Mobility (Listen)

Act

Center for Global Policy Solutions (Act)

CT By the Numbers (Act)

Dive Deeper

How the GI Bill's Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII Veterans (Read)

Racial Wealth Gap May be a Key to Other Inequities (Read)

Why We Need Reparations for Black Americans (Read)

The Economic Impact of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap (Read)

Many Minorities Avoid Seeking Credit Due to Generations of Discrimination. Why That Keeps Them Back (Read)

Employment and Wage Gap

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Five Ways to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap (Read)

Watch

How Corporate America is Failing Black Employees (Watch)

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Pay Transparency: One Way to Reduce Wage Gap for Women and People of Color  (Listen)

Act

Six Steps Everyday People Can Take To Close The Wealth Gap  (Act)

Dive Deeper

Earnings Disparities by Race and Ethnicity (Read)

It Takes Black Women In the US 20 minutes to Earn What White Men Make in a Year (Read)

Connecticut Passes Law Requiring Disclosure of Wage Ranges (Read)

The Impact of Structural Racism in Employment and Wages on Minority Women’s Health (Read)

Explained | Why Women are Paid Less (Watch)

 

Financial Aid and Student Debt

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How Student Debt and the Racial Wealth Gap Reinforce Each Other (Read)

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Student Debt Relief Could Help Close America's Massive Racial Wealth Gap (Watch)

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The Life-Altering Differences Between White and Black Debt (Listen)

Act

Add Your Name - Cancel $50,000 in Student Loan Debt (Act)  

Dive Deeper

Black-White Disparity in Student Loan Debt More Than Triples After Graduation (Read)

Student Loans, the Racial Wealth Divide, and why we Need Full Student Debt Cancellation (Read)

How Student Debt and the Racial Wealth Gap Reinforce Each Other (Read)

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Data on Racial Differences in Financial Aid (Read)

Borrowers of Color & the Student Debt Crisis (Read)

Student Debt is a Racial Justice Issue. Here’s What President Biden Can Do to Help (Read)

 

Financial Literacy

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What This Black Mother is Teaching her 2 Young kids About Finance and Life: ‘Money is Power’ (Read)

Watch

How I Learned to Read–and Trade Stocks–in Prison (Watch)

Listen

Community First: Building Latinx Wealth (Listen)

Act

Call 1­800-FED­-INFO if you have a question about federal agencies, programs, benefits, or services related to financial literacy and education.

Dive Deeper

The Wealth Gap: Addressing Economic Inequality in the U.S (Read)

A History of Income Inequality in the United States (Read)

FT Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign: The U.S Must Confront Financial Illiteracy Head-On (Read)

Disparities in Wealth by Race and Ethnicity in the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances (Read)

#BossTalks | Taking Control of Your Finances with Sallie Krawcheck (Watch)

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2020 (Read)

 

Generational Wealth

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Connecticut has Among Nation's Largest Wealth Gap by Race and Ethnicity (Read)

Watch

The Racial Wealth Gap in America (Watch)

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The Growing Racial Divide In Millennial Wealth (Listen)

Act

Advocate for change. Be aware of legislation coming up before the CT General Assembly and sign up to testify in support of bills that address issues of equity. Learn more (HERE)

Dive Deeper

The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1 (Listen)

 Disparities in Wealth by Race and Ethnicity in the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances (Read)

 

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Creative Ways To Get Kids To Thrive In School  (Watch)

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Raising Race Conscious Children  (Read)

Watch

Community Adverse Experiences  (Watch)

AC360 - Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture  (Watch)

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Talking Race With Young Children  (Listen)

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Start a Conversation With Your Child About Race and Injustice  (Read)

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Conversation with Kevin L. Walston, Superintendent of Danbury Public Schools  (Watch)

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Reimagining School Board Leadership: Actions for Equity  (Read)

Fighting Systemic Racism in K-12 Education: Helping Allies Move From the Keyboard to the School Board  (Read)

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The "Opportunity Gap" In US Public Education — And How To Close It | Anindya Kundu  (Watch)

How America’s Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty  (Watch)

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School Boards: A New Front Line in the Culture War  (Listen)

A Tale of Two School Districts  (Listen)

Act

Advocate for Students to Serve on or With Your Local Board of Education  (Read)

Bargaining for the Common Good  (Watch)

Dive Deeper

Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education (DIRE) Initiative  (Read)

Systems Change and Governance: School Boards that Lead for Equity  (Read)

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Achieving Racial Equity in Education Through a Restorative Lens  (Watch)

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Restorative Justice In Schools: Designing For Equity  (Read)

Pinellas County Schools Try ‘Restorative’ Approach To Deal With Racial Disparities  (Read)

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A Restorative Approach to Discipline  (Watch)

Why Black Girls Are Targeted For Punishment At School & How To Change That  (Watch)

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Restorative Justice is Racial Justice  (Listen)

Why There’s a Push to get Police out of Schools  (Listen)

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Sign up for the FREE School Climate and/or Restorative Practices Training sponsored by Stamford Cradle to Career  

  • School Climate Training: January 27 & 28, 2022 8:30 am – 2 pm (Virtual)  (Register Here)
  • Restorative Practices Training: February 3 & 4, 2022 8:30 am – 2 pm (Virtual)  (Register Here)

     

Dive Deeper

The Adolescent Brain  (Watch)

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime  (Watch)

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Antonio Santiago, Dean, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Danbury Campus  (Watch)

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Perspective | Understanding And Connecting To Students To Increase Degree Attainment: The Power Of Community College Stories  (Read)

Pledge To Advance Connecticut (PACT)  (Read)

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The ABCs Of Racial Inequality In Education  (Watch)

Access Ain’t Inclusion  (Watch)

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'The State Must Provide' Is A Lesson On Inequality In Higher Ed, Past And Present  (Listen)

Act

Public Colleges And Universities Should Be Free  (Read)

3 Ways Federal Policy Solutions Can Level The Playing Field In Higher Education And The Economy  (Read)

Dive Deeper

Higher Ed Faces Racial Equity, Affordability Challenges This Year—But There’s Reason For Optimism, Too  (Listen)

Dive Deeper

5 Ways to Build a More Equitable Education System (Read)

 The Costs of Inequality: Education's The Key That Rules Them All (Read)

Education Gap: The Root of Inequality (Watch)


United Way of Western CT Rejects Racism And All Forms of Discrimination

United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to building our community into a place where every child, family, and person has the opportunity to thrive. We focus on households at or below the ALICE® (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) threshold who have had the least opportunities for success. In doing our part to uplift this population, we are active on many fronts. Today we are speaking out louder than in the past to condemn with zero tolerance acts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and expressions of discrimination stemming from one’s race, ethnicity, faith, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, national origin. 

We act by using our resources to tackle the structural barriers to equity from the long shadow of systemic racism that has impeded the health, education, safety, and wellbeing of many members of our society. United Way of Western Connecticut recognizes the power and privilege of our brand. As leaders in our community, we are using both to take action in being part of the solution for positive change. Therefore, we commit to:

  •  Transforming systems and instituting systemic changes that create a more just and equitable future.
  • Requiring accountability and transparency at all levels - from our organization to all institutions with whom we partner.
  • Advocating for justice and speaking up in unity and in action whenever we see justice not being served.
  • Elevating the voice and power of our community.
  • Learning and growing together as a community through ongoing training and conversations about race and equity.

We are committed to improving lives by partnering with the community and creating a future of greater inclusion and equity.