Published: Feb. 2, 2021

The CU Boulder community is invited to participate in a habit-building challenge to increase racial equity in celebration of Black History Month.

The #BeTheChange Challenge is sponsored by the University of Colorado Leeds MBA Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, or JEDI, and includes daily engagement with suggested music, articles, podcasts and films to learn about current and historical issues of racial inequity and ways to be part of the solution.

The challenge kicked off Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 28. The challenge also includes a self-paced book club within respective teams reading “How to Be an Anti-racist” by Ibram X. Kendi.

#BeTheChange challenge

Participate individually or as a team Feb. 1–28.

About the challenge

  • Participate for as many days as you can. Suggested goals are seven, 14 or 21 days.
  • Participate individually or as a team.
  • Consider using a virtual background honoring an influential leader in the Black community or an unarmed victim of lethal force by police.
  • Consider supporting local Black-owned businesses.

“I was raised with the belief that ‘motho ke motho ka batho’––I am because we are,” said Thaala Loper, JEDI committee leader and MBA student. “We are all inextricably connected. I hope participants will come away from the challenge with a sense of connection to their fellow community members across racial and cultural lines. I hope we will all be moved to fight for racial equity in our personal, professional and political lives.”

JEDI is a student team of first- and second-year MBA students that promotes inclusive excellence in the Leeds School of Business MBA Program.