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U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course


UNIV 3088, Section 003 Class# 16596
Special Topics: U.S. Anti-Black Racism
1-Credit Course, October 17, 2022 - December 9, 2022
Free to all UConn students, faculty and staff

This 1-credit course introduces students to foundational history and concepts related to systemic and anti-Black racism. It also exposes students to foundational concepts related to Black consciousness, Black resistance, Black resilience, and intersectional solidarity. While anti-Black racism and Black identities are global phenomena, this course focuses particularly on the U.S. context. In addition, the course will introduce students to resources at UConn to continue their study and development in understanding and potentially disrupting anti-Black racism for the collective good. The course consists of seven (7) modules. Each week-long module contains multiple units developed by individual faculty contributors.

Course dates:

  • Academic, Fall 2022: Monday, October 17 - Friday, December 9
  • Faculty and Staff, Fall 2022: Dates coming late Fall 2022 as a self-enroll, self-paced course in HuskyCT. See the Institution Page.


Students can enroll in Student Administration until October 24 using the special registration form. Students should consult the Office of Student Financial Aid Services prior to dropping if this class is used to meet full-time enrollment requirements.
Class Number: 16596
Instruction Mode: Online

For detailed information, see the course syllabis (coming soon)

Course Objectives

By the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Use existing research to describe the foundational history and concepts related to systemic anti-Black racism in the United States.
  2. Explain foundational scholarship focused on Black-Led movements and concepts such as Black civil rights, Black resistance, Black resilience, and intersectional solidarity.
  3. Question the consequences of anti-Black racism in areas such as Black health and wellness; Black agency and resilience; and/or anti-Blackness in higher education.
  4. Locate valuable resources throughout the University of Connecticut that work to disrupt anti-Black racism for the collective good. 
  5. Select critically engaged science, social science, and humanities courses offered by UConn that focus on anti-Blackness and appeal to your interests and plans of study.

Course Modules

The course is comprised of seven (7) modules which include the following topics:

  • Legacies of Chattel Slavery 
  • Systemic Racism Anti-Black Racism 
  • Black-Led and Intersectional Social Movements 
  • Black Agency and Resilience
  • Black Health and Wellness
  • Contemporary Intersectional Solidarity
  • Anti-Blackness on the College Campus

Frequently Asked Questions


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Dr. Shardé Davis
Department of Communication

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Dr. David Embrick
Department of Sociology

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Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya
Department of Education


Dr. Dexter Gabriel
Department of History


Jamelia Morgan
Department of Law

Neol Cazenave

 Dr. Noel Cazenave
Department of Sociology


 Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar
Department of HIstory


Dr. Evelyn Simien
Department of Political Science


Dr. Fumilayo Showers
Department of Sociology


Dr. Michelle Williams
Department of Psychological Sciences

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Dr. Loneke Blackman-Carr
Department of Nutritional Sciences


Dr. Wizdom Powell
UConn Health


Dr. Saran Stewart
Department of Education


Dr. Diandra J. Prescod
Department of Education


Dr. Violet Jiménez Sims
Department of Education

Melina Pappademos

Dr. Melina Pappademos
Department of History


Student Engagement Faculty


Course Moderator

Advisory Board


Peter Diplock
Associate Vice Provost,
Center for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning


Dr. Melina Pappademos
Associate Professor,
Department of History


Willena Kimpson Price
African American Cultural Center


Frank Tuitt
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
University of Connecticut