25 Feb

R.I.ers Invited to Join Equity Challenge 2022

United Way Invites Rhode Islanders to Join Equity Challenge 2022

Self-guided challenge offers opportunity to better understand how racism impacts our communities

Cobranded logos: Equity Challenge (left) and United Way of Rhode Island (right).

Providence, R.I. (February 25, 2022) — United Way of Rhode Island is inviting residents throughout the state to commit 15 minutes a day to better understand how inequity and racism impact our lives and our communities. The organization begins its free Equity Challenge 2022 on Feb. 28, and Rhode Islanders can sign up to participate online.

It is the second year United Way has offered the self-guided learning challenge as part of its commitment to building equity and to finding united solutions that address the root causes of inequity in Rhode Island. This year’s challenge is full of new content to engage both new and returning participants. While the challenge launches on Feb. 28, people may still sign up after that and participate at their own pace.

After signing up for the challenge, participants will receive an email each weekday for three weeks with resources, reflection questions, or actions they can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island. Participants are encouraged to spend about 15 minutes each day learning about a different topic by watching, reading, reflecting, or taking action. The challenge’s three distinct themes are The Basics, Deepening Our Understanding, and Equity in Rhode Island. People can save emails for when they have more time and resume the challenge as their schedule allows.

“There was a tremendous response to last year’s program and we’re eager to engage even more of our neighbors in this challenge and broaden this important work,” said Larry Warner, MPH, chief impact and equity officer for United Way. “Building equity requires not only taking action, but first educating ourselves and gaining a deeper understanding of how racism affects all of us and the fabric of our communities — and that’s exactly what Equity Challenge 2022 emphasizes.”

For questions or more information about United Way’s Equity Challenge 2022, contact Janice Pothier-Pac at janice.pothierpac@unitedwayri.org, or (401) 444-0634.


United Way of Rhode Island is uniting our community and resources to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders. A member of the world’s largest nonprofit network, we bring together individuals, businesses, nonprofits, community leaders, and government to tackle the root causes of inequity and achieve specific, measurable goals. Our programs include 211, the statewide front door connecting Rhode Islanders with social services, resources, and vital programs. Both directly and through grants to nonprofits, we are investing to build economic opportunity, advance childhood learning, expand philanthropy, and drive policy and participation. To learn more, visit unitedwayri.org, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.