PT Racial Equity Challenge

January 7 - 28, 2021

What is the
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge and why are we doing it?

Recognizing and correcting racism is not a one-time event; rather, it is an ongoing process. Conventional wisdom says it takes about three weeks to form a new habit, so the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge can help all of us cultivate self-awareness and intentionality to affect social change.

Use this log to track your participation. Make note of feelings and insights you experience along the way. You can also discuss daily challenges with other participants during our weekly Zoom meetings.

Whether you are a new ally in the racial equity movement or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join us for this exercise in self-reflection, learning, and connection. As this is a voluntary exercise, do not feel pressured to complete every listed activity each day. We will present a variety of options so you can engage based on your learning style and the time you have available. The point is simply to make a habit of doing something each day to broaden your perspective, identify topics for deeper learning on your own, and better equip yourself to combat racism.

A Little Background

The PTYOK committee was formed by volunteers to promote kindness within Peters Township.  We believe in the pillars of Character Counts and choose to adopt Rachel’s Challenge to continue a chain reaction of outward kindness in our community through service and good deeds.

Our mission was was influenced by the global pandemic and much of the service planned had to be postponed while so much of our community had to learn to adapt and live in a virtual setting.  Despite these challenges, our committee members began to think of ways to continue to promote kindness in a relevant way.

Kindness to each other has always been part of our mission and once learning how other communities challenged themselves to learn about racial equity, we decided to develop a 21 day Racial Equity Challenge for Peters Township.  As stated in our About Us and mission statement we are volunteers. None of us proclaim to be  experts in this field however, we believe that learning together about issues involving race and equity will foster the kindness and awareness that has always been part of our goals.

What to Expect

For 21 days, we have curated content based on race and equity to watch, read and reflect on .
Laptop, Computer Monitor, Computer, Smart Phone, Coffee Cup
The content for most days will take around 10-15 minutes to consume. You can work through day-by-day or choose to do several days in a row. We have divided the 21 days into three segments. Every 7 days we will use Zoom to host a virtual moderated discussion led by our facilitators (bios below).

Days 1-7 | January 7-13

Defining Race and Expanding Perspectives
Weekly Zoom Call - Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 7:00 pm EST

Days 8-14 | January 14-20

Privilege, Bias and Racism
Weekly Zoom Call - Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:00 pm EST

Days 15-21 | January 21-28

Racial Equity Habits and Change
Weekly Zoom Call - Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00 pm EST

This material has been prepared for an adult learner. Parents must deem if  it is appropriate for their children and pre-screen the content.  It can be a worthwhile journey to take together as a family, however each parent must make that determination.

Our Facilitators

Dr. Jim Longo is an award-winning teacher and professor who has taught throughout the United States, and in Austria, Brazil, and Costa Rica. He has served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Alpen-Adrian University in Austria and is a member National Screening Committee of the Fulbright Institute of International Education.  As the  past Chair of the Education Department at Washington and Jefferson College he integrated the principles of Restorative Practice in all teacher training and community outreach programs. Dr. Longo has worked with the Restorative Practice Forum of Northern Ireland, Restorative Practices Ireland, TIDES Training and Consultancy in Belfast, NI, and Mediators Beyond Borders International. He has been a coach, athletic director, and an educational consultant in private practice . As a public-school teacher for over a decade he taught history, psychology, and Peace Studies courses. Professor Longo earned his doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from Harvard University and his master’s degree in Curriculum Writing and Design from Webster University. He is the author of eight books and has been nominated for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from Yale University and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

David Ryan Bunting, M.Ed., has been an award-winning elementary teacher, working in socio-economically and racially diverse schools in both Memphis, Tennessee and Washington, Pennsylvania. Professor Bunting is currently earning his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University. His research focus is on the implementation of restorative practices into a  teacher certification program. Professor Bunting is an instructor in the Education Department at Washington and Jefferson College and is integrating the principles of Restorative Practice in all teacher training and community outreach programs. He has worked alongside international mediator and award-winning Peace prize recipient Mary Montague in the United States and Northern Ireland on Restorative Practice and in schools, alternative schools, and communities throughout western Pennsylvania. He is serving on the Healing-Empowerment-Advocacy-Learning-Prevention-Action (HEAL PA) Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania Leadership Team (Education Subcommittee).

Dr. Marissa Capuzzi-Schimizzi is a former elementary education teacher and current professor in the Education Department at Washington and Jefferson College. At the college, she collaborates with colleagues to implement restorative practices in their education courses and work. Dr. Capuzzi-Schimizzi has experience in both coaching and counseling and integrates practices that support social and emotional learning and growth. She earned her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Waynesburg University and has master’s degrees in the fields of education and counseling.

How to Participate

First, Register for the Program

Register for the program. We just need to collect your email address and a few other things to make sure you receive notifications about the program.

Each Day - Go to the content for that day and work through it.

Begin with Day 1. There will be a mix of things to read and videos to watch - all supporting the topic of the day.
>> Click here for a Learning & Reflection Chart to log your thoughts and feelings.

Attend the Weekly Zoom Call

At the end of each week, there will be a moderated zoom call to discuss thoughts on the content from the week, with the hope that we all broaden our understanding of race and equity.


Do I need a login?

No, the program is free and open to the public.

Is this program free?

Yes, it is free and open to the public.

Why do I need to register?

Registration is how we send out the invite for the weekly moderated calls. Additional content and any changes to the program will also be emailed.

Does everyone in my household have to register?

Registration is how we send out the invite for the weekly moderated calls. So, you will need to register for each person that plans to attend on a separate device. If you're able gather around your computer, you only need one registration.

What if I miss a day?

No worries! You can work through the program at your own pace. To get the most out of the weekly moderated calls, try to do the previous week's assignments prior to the call. 

Can I still attend the call if I missed an assignment?

Yes! We encourage as much participation as you can give. No one will be checking your work. 😉

What if I miss one of the weekly calls?

Keep working through the program and join us on the next one!

What if can't access one of the videos or readings?

Try using a different browser to access the resource you're struggling with. If that still doesn't work, you might have to google that topic to find another way to access it. Unfortunately the committee doesn't have the bandwidth to troubleshoot access issues, but please still plan to attend the weekly calls, even if you haven't been able to see everything.

How do I provide feedback?

The weekly moderated calls are the best way to provide feedback. In addition, we will offer a survey to participants at the end.

What if now isn't a good time to do the entire program?

This program will be accessible even after the 21-days have passed. The only difference is there will not be weekly moderated calls. You could certainly do it at any time with a group of friends and have your own weekly discussions.

Who created the PT Racial Equity Challenge?

Minna Allison, Maggie Cameron, Sue Deegan, Stacey Jones, Jocelyn Lynch, Amy Petro and April Ragland