Commit to equity

Commit to equity

take meaningful action to address the issues of racial equity and justice

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Equity Challenge 2024 Q&A

United Way of Rhode Island's Kevin Matta and Maria Elena Wah-Fitta explain everything you need to know about Equity Challenge 2024. Questions include:

  • When is Equity Challenge 2024?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • What are the topics?
  • What is the format?
  • Why should people participate?
  • How do people sign up?

Join Equity Challenge 2024

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Welcome to the United Way’s Equity Challenge 2024! This initiative will help individuals and organizations in Rhode Island develop a deep and intentional understanding of, and engagement around topics surrounding equity.

Equity Challenge 2024 will explore the following topics.

  • Wednesday, June 19: Justice
  • Thursday, June 20: Equity
  • Friday, June 21: Diversity
  • Monday, June 24: Inclusion
  • Tuesday, June 25: Allyship
  • Wednesday, June 26: Advocacy
  • Thursday, June 27: Accomplice

For Individuals

By participating in Equity Challenge 2024, you will raise your awareness of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).

Participants will choose daily, for seven days, between three options of activities and materials they can read, listen to, or view. Each option takes 30 minutes to complete.

To earn a 2024 Equity Challenge Champion certificate, engage with the materials for as little as a half hour each day, over the course of seven days.

Participants will be able to experience materials in a variety of formats, online and on-demand, and there will be three curated in-person events for those.

  • One can Read, Watch, or Listen to materials daily, and put into practice the daily calls-to-action.
  • For those looking for in-person connection, they can attend three curated pop-up experiences at partner sites.


For Organizations


Demonstrate your organization's commitment to equity by participating in United Way of Rhode Island’s Equity Challenge 2024.

Why join?

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) has moved beyond buzzwords and toward action-oriented results that demonstrate your commitment to your internal team and to external stakeholders.

How will this help our employees?

Employees are yearning to learn more and connect to valuable resources and networks inside and outside their organization. Employers who invest in their employees' personal and professional development show increased retention and a higher sense of belonging and satisfaction.

How will this help our organization?

Gaining awareness of equity principles informs how and where your community members, customers, employees, and future talent contribute their dollars and talents. United Way of Rhode Island will offer organizations with an employee participation rate of 85% a badge demonstrating their competency and commitment to equity. Organizations can showcase the badge on their website, across social media, and in email signatures.

The Equity Challenge is a 7-day curated experience aimed at supporting the learning of individuals across various stages in their JEDI journey engage and enhance their understanding of equity-related topics.

Join Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

To deepen our understanding of Indigenous peoples and their lived experiences, United Way of Rhode Island and Tomaquag Museum have created an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge. The challenge launched in November 2022, and you can join at any time.

After registering, you'll receive a series of five weekday emails with resources, reflection questions, and actions to help build a more equitable Rhode Island. Each day will focus on a different theme.

Interested in registering a corporate group? Please contact Janice Pothier-Pac.

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The data shows...

...that systemic inequities are the root causes of intergenerational poverty among people of color, here in Rhode Island as elsewhere in this country.

Until we can make sure everyone has an equal shot at the starting line, our state will never reach its full potential. We hope you’ll join us in this journey to make sure Rhode Island is a place where every individual in each community has equal opportunity for justice and prosperity.

What do we mean by "equity?"

Racial equity is a reality in which a person is no more or less likely to experience society’s benefits or burdens just because of the color of their skin.

We are united.

Hundreds of individuals and organizations throughout the state have already pledged to support our LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan and take meaningful action to address the issues of racial equity and justice in Rhode Island.

See our partners in equity.

Please join us by signing this pledge:

"We commit to stand with the United Way of Rhode Island to unite our community and resources to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders. We pledge to take meaningful action to address the issues of racial equity and justice in Rhode Island."

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Equity Challenge 2024

June 19 - 27, 2024

Over the course of 7 days, employees throughout the state of Rhode Island will have the opportunity to participate in various activities, each designed to broaden perspectives and inspire meaningful conversations while demonstrating an individual and/or organizational commitment to equity.


Annual Celebration 2024

Save the date!

Thursday, October 10
6 - 8 p.m.

Waterfire Arts Center
475 Valley St., Providence