June 14, 2021

Day 5: Wealth & Opportunity Gap

DAY 5 Of YWCA Spokane’s 14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

We hope this challenge provides you with an opportunity to better understand concepts related to race, power, privilege, and leadership.


DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14

Thank you for taking this challenge! If this is your first day of joining us for the 14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge, welcome. If you are returning after previous engagement with the challenge, nice work! We are glad you are here. Each weekday from Tuesday, June 8th through Friday, June 25th, YWCA Spokane will send those who sign up for our challenge emails prompting you to make time to learn about racial equity and social justice.

We encourage everyone to talk about what you are learning with friends, share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge, and take time to reflect on your personal insights after each challenge using this reflection log. Consider joining our Racial & Social Justice Facebook Group to continue the conversation online and connect with others.


DAY 5: Opportunity & Wealth gaps


Differences in academic achievement — and eventual earned income — are often the result of the opportunity gap:” the unequal and inequitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities that results in radically different levels of success for individuals based on their race, ZIP code, and socioeconomic status.

While a product of historic economic policies and social practices (such as housing segregation), the racial wealth gap stubbornly persists today: for every $100 a typical white family has in wealth, a typical Black family has less than $10 in net worth.

Without critical educational and wealth building opportunities for families of color, these gaps will only widen.



If you have…


10 Minutes

and

20 Minutes

and

1 Hour

and and
Use this racial wealth gap calculator
to better understand how wealth disparities and race are intertwined.
and Listen this podcast 
that unpacks how the devaluation of Black lives and property has lead to the racial disparities we see today.
and Read this article or listen to this podcast
about what’s stopping student success


daily Reflection

Once you have completed today’s challenge, take a moment to reflect on any insights you experienced. How did the challenge make you feel? What is something you learned? Did you notice anything about yourself after taking the challenge? Consider sharing this new awareness with a friend or group to help deepen your understanding of the information. Consider tracking your reflections on the below daily log or joining our online Facebook group to encourage daily sharing with each other about the challenge topics.

Challenge Reflection Log


Share each challenge online with #YWCAEquityChallenge

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14


Do you have resources you think we should share? Any insights you would like to share with us? We welcome you to share by leaving your comments here. Thank you!

By: Rachel Dannen

Related Posts

Jun 24, 2024 Jul 14 @ 6:59 am

Celebrating Success in Gun Safety Amidst Recent Supreme Court Decision

I am grateful to be able to share some good news with you today about one of the ways we’re collaborating with law enforcement to prevent senseless violence and protect survivors.

Jun 20, 2024 Jul 14 @ 6:59 am

2024 Pride Re-Cap

YWCA Spokane joins thousands in Spokane for the 2024 Pride parade and festival.