ELA launches 21 Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

The Employment Lawyers’ Association (ELA) is launching a 21 Day Racial Habit-Building Challenge for members on 21 January to help advance the conversation around race in the UK for employment lawyers and to look at how the profession can become more diverse and inclusive.

The 21 Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge was originally the brainchild of Dr Eddie Moore Jr, one of the USA’s top motivational speakers and educators on diversity and leadership, and involves accessing relevant resources over the period with the aim of stimulating debate and developing greater awareness about the issues faced by those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Those signing up for the Challenge will receive a daily email with a link to a short article, video, podcast or other resource which gives an insight into the experiences and lives of black and Asian communities.

ELA, which is an a-political organisation with approximately 6,000 employment lawyer members, is committed to diversity in all its forms and stimulating change where possible.

Commenting on the 21 Day Challenge, Paul McFarlane, Deputy Chair of ELA and Partner at Capsticks, said:
“We had seen how successful the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge was in America, where it was devised by Dr Eddie Moore Jr. By sharing resources every day which don’t take long to read, watch or listen to we hope to help educate and most importantly – stimulate conversation.

“The resources provided over the 21 days will talk about every day, lived experiences of black and Asian people in the UK and this should then help open up the topic for wider discussion. Over the 21 days I hope those taking part in the challenge feel they have more confidence, knowledge and a wider vocabulary to talk about race issues.

“Employment lawyers are so familiar with equality law but it’s not always easy to truly understand the issues if you haven’t experienced them personally.  By giving a face and voice to race issues in this country through these resources we hope this challenge not only helps employment lawyers in their legal work and supporting clients, but also within law firms, by opening up discussions on racism in the workplace and how the profession can become more inclusive.”
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For more information, please visit: https://www.elaweb.org.uk/content/ela%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9821-day-racial-equity-habit-building-challenge-%C2%A9-elaraceaware21

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2021