About On the Table

Akron Community Foundation is excited to announce the 2023 installment of On the Table! Since 2017, On the Table has brought together nearly 20,000 diverse residents from all walks of life and allowed individuals to come together to discuss topics important to the community. As we move into 2023, Akron Community Foundation invites you to participate in the On the Table Action Challenge. The On the Table Action Challenge strives to build upon previous years’ foundation and provide an immersive experience, empowering participants to go beyond one-time conversations. This challenge consists of seven tasks that will take place during the month of February, 2023. 

  1. Read something that will expand your understanding and allow you to apply your critical thinking. 
  2. Watch documentaries, movies, and video clips that you usually wouldn’t, to help expand your perspective of specific situations. 
  3. Listen to impactful podcasts or radio broadcasts or books on tape or speakers that open your mind and heart to new ideas, relationships, and suggestions. 
  4. Attend an education session or event that will help garner a better understanding of other cultures, religions, or demographics. 
  5. Support an organization that you have never supported before that helps marginalized communities.
  6. Engage in one-on-one conversations or group dialogue of 8-10 individuals who share different backgrounds than yourself. 
  7. Report back on what you did to us by completing our survey and sharing your thoughts on how this On the Table Action Challenge impacted you and those you met. 

Research indicates that to impact the institutions (criminal justice, education, employment, healthcare, and housing), we must focus our strategies on changing thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Therefore, we must provide pathways for individuals to increase awareness and willingness to develop new communication patterns and behaviors. We hope that by participating in the Action Challenge, our community will come together to understand and gain knowledge of what it means to see the world through the lens of another.