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U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course

Protesters hold a Black Lives Matter banner during an August 2020 march in Washington D.C.

UNIV 1985; UNIV 3985
Special Topics: U.S. Anti-Black Racism
1-Credit Course
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 nine (9) modules. Each week-long module contains multiple units developed by individual faculty contributors.

Registration is now closed for the course.

Course dates:

  • Undergraduate course (September 14 – November 15)
  • Graduate course (September 28 – December 6)
  • Faculty/Staff noncredit course (September 28 – December 6)

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

Module 1 - Welcome and Overview

Monday, Sept. 14 - Sunday, Sept. 20
Professors: Dr. Shardé Davis, Dr. David G. Embrick, & Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya

Module 2 - Legacies of Chattel Slavery

Monday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 27
Professors: Dr. Dexter Gabriel, Jamelia Morgan

Module 3 - Systemic Racism and Anti-Black Racism

Monday, Sept. 28 - Sunday, October, 4
Professors: Dr. Noel Cazenave, Dr. David G. Embrick

Module 4 - Black-Led and Intersectional Social Movements

Monday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 11
Professors: Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar, Dr. Evelyn Simien

Module 5 - Black Health and Wellness

Monday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 18
Professors: Dr. Michelle Williams, Dr. Loneke Blackman-Carr, Dr. Wizdom Powell

Module 6 - Black Agency and Resilience

Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25
Professors: Dr. Shardé M. Davis , Dr. Fumilayo Showers

Module 7 - Anti-Blackness on the College Campus

Monday, Oct. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 1
Professors: Dr. Saran Stewart, Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya, and Dr. Diandra J. Prescod

Module 8 - Contemporary Intersectional Solidarity

Monday, Nov. 2 - Sunday, Nov. 8
Professors: Dr. Violet Jiménez Sims and Dr. Melina Pappademos

Module 9 - Course Wrap-Up

Monday, Nov. 9 - Sunday, Nov. 15
Professors: Dr. Shardé Davis, Dr. David G. Embrick, & Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya

Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty

UConn, Sharde_Davis

Dr. Shardé Davis
Department of Communication
Module 1, 6, 9

UConn, David Embrick

Dr. David Embrick
Department of Sociology
Module 1, 3, 9

UConn, Milagros_Montoya

Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya
Department of Education
Module 1, 7, 9

Gabriel-Dexter

Dr. Dexter Gabriel
Department of History
Module 2

morgan-jamelia

Jamelia Morgan
Department of Law
Module 2

Neol Cazenave

 Dr. Noel Cazenave
Department of Sociology
Module 3

J_Ogbar

 Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar
Department of HIstory
Module 4

evelyn-simien

Dr. Evelyn Simien
Department of Political Science
Module 4

michelle_williams

Dr. Michelle Williams
Department of Psychological Sciences
Module 5

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Dr. Loneke Blackman-Carr
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Module 5

wizdom

Dr. Wizdom Powell
UConn Health
Module 5

F_Flowers

Dr. Fumilayo Showers
Department of Sociology
Module 6

Saran-Stewart

Dr. Saran Stewart
Department of Education
Module 7

diandra_prescott

Dr. Diandra J. Prescod
Department of Education
Module 7

VioletJimenezSims

Dr. Violet Jiménez Sims
Department of Education
Module 8

Melina_Pappademos

Dr. Melina Pappademos
Department of History
Module 8

tamika_lasalle

Tamika LaSalle
Contributing Faculty

Marcus Garcia

Alhaji Contech
Contributing Faculty

Alhaji Conteh

Marcus Garcia
Course Moderator

Rhys Hall

Rhys Hall
Course Moderator

Advisory Board

Diplock_square

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

Melina

Dr. Melina Pappademos
Associate Professor,
Department of History

willena_price

Willena Kimpson Price
Director,
African American Cultural Center

Frank_Tuitt

Frank Tuitt
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
University of Connecticut