Anti-Racism I

University of Colorado Boulder

Anti-Racism I is a pivotal course offered by the University of Colorado Boulder, designed to provide an introductory understanding of race and racism in the United States. The course caters to individuals who seek to educate themselves about these critical issues and learn how to engage in anti-racist practices.

The comprehensive curriculum equips learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in meaningful discussions about race and racism and to identify and address systemic and institutional racism. Throughout the course, participants will delve into poignant topics such as "whiteness," white privilege, and the historical disenfranchisement of Black Americans.

  • Learn how to talk about race and racism effectively
  • Understand the distinction between not being racist and being anti-racist
  • Acquire knowledge of contemporary intersectional terminology
  • Define and recognize systemic and institutional racism

Anti-Racism I is a transformative learning experience that empowers individuals to become informed and proactive in addressing racial inequality and injustice.

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Anti-Racism I
Course Modules

Anti-Racism I comprises three comprehensive modules that cover essential topics such as intersectional terminology, systemic and institutional racism, and the distinction between not being racist and being anti-racist.

Week 1: Defining

The first module, "Defining," serves as an introduction to the course and provides essential background knowledge for understanding race and racism in the United States. Participants will learn about contemporary intersectional terminology through a comprehensive glossary and explore critical discussions on "whiteness" and white privilege. This module sets the stage for deeper exploration of systemic and institutional racism.

Week 2: Identifying

The second module, "Identifying," delves deeper into the complexities of race and racism, focusing on the distinction between being "Not Racist" and "Antiracist." Participants will engage with thought-provoking content that sheds light on the historical and contemporary issues surrounding race and racism in the United States, including discussions on the N-word, suburban history, and significant events in the civil rights movement. This module aims to deepen participants' understanding of racial inequality and injustice.

Week 3: Applying

The final module, "Applying," provides practical insights and tools for applying anti-racist principles in everyday life. Participants will gain valuable perspectives on intersectionality, the urgency of anti-racism, and actionable steps for advocating racial justice. Additionally, the module offers an array of resources for continued education and engagement in anti-racism efforts.

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