Here at Booksweet, we are committed to standing against racism and discrimination in our community, and weaving equity and inclusion into our internal and external culture. That’s why we are proud to partner with United Way of Washtenaw County for the 21-Day Equity Challenge: 2023 Edition, set for January 9th through January 29th.

Here’s what our partnership entails //

In addition to our financial support and encouraging members of Team Booksweet to personally sign up for the challenge, Booksweet co-owner Truly Render is hosting three FREE in-person conversations at the bookshop in January (using the 21-Day Equity Challenge group discussion guide), offering the community an in-person space to connect over the challenge.

The in-person conversations will be held at Booksweet (1720 Plymouth Road) on three consecutive Saturdays in January, from 4-5 pm: 1/14, 1/21, and 1/28. Your Eventbrite RSVP is so helpful to our planning.

Come to one or all of the discussion group sessions.

About our location and accessibility //

Booksweet is located on the northside of Ann Arbor at 1729 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105, in the Courtyard Shops. Parking is free, bike racks are available, and we’re directly off AATA bus route 23. The shop is wheelchair accessible. Learn more about health and safety at Booksweet.

What the Equity Challenge entails //

Step one: sign up to participate! Participation is private, free, and open to anyone.

During the challenge, participants will receive an email prompt every weekday morning with articles, videos, charts, infographics, podcasts, and reflection prompts exploring how inequity plays a role in our social and economic landscape here in Washtenaw County. Participants are encouraged to take 15 minutes each day to pick one or two options to engage with and act on what they’ve learned, reflecting after with a colleague, family member, or friend.

United Way of Washtenaw County believes that addressing inequity is critical to realizing their vision that by 2030 your zip code no longer predicts one’s opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does.

Understanding the history of inequity in our county is critical to realizing this vision, and when we take it upon ourselves to learn, grow and educate others, we are doing our part to to build a brighter future for our community.

If you choose, you can share your reflections and “Aha!” moments using the hashtags #unitedforequity and #uwwcequitychallenge. Don’t forget to follow UWWC on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.