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U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course


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.

Course dates:

  • Spring 2021: Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Sunday, March 21

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

Professors: Dr. Shardé Davis, Dr. David G. Embrick, & Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya

Module 2 - Legacies of Chattel Slavery

Professors: Dr. Dexter Gabriel, Jamelia Morgan

Module 3 - Systemic Racism and Anti-Black Racism

Professors: Dr. Noel Cazenave, Dr. David G. Embrick

Module 4 - Black-Led and Intersectional Social Movements

Professors: Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar, Dr. Evelyn Simien

Module 5 - Black Health and Wellness

Professors: Dr. Michelle Williams, Dr. Loneke Blackman-Carr, Dr. Wizdom Powell

Module 6 - Black Agency and Resilience

Professors: Dr. Shardé M. Davis , Dr. Fumilayo Showers

Module 7 - Anti-Blackness on the College Campus

Professors: Dr. Saran Stewart, Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya, and Dr. Diandra J. Prescod

Module 8 - Contemporary Intersectional Solidarity

Professors: Dr. Violet Jiménez Sims and Dr. Melina Pappademos

Module 9 - Course Wrap-Up

Professors: Dr. Shardé Davis, Dr. David G. Embrick, & Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya

Frequently Asked Questions


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


Dr. Dexter Gabriel
Department of History
Module 2


Jamelia Morgan
Department of Law
Module 2

Neol Cazenave

 Dr. Noel Cazenave
Department of Sociology
Module 3


 Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar
Department of HIstory
Module 4


Dr. Evelyn Simien
Department of Political Science
Module 4


Dr. Fumilayo Showers
Department of Sociology
Module 5


Dr. Michelle Williams
Department of Psychological Sciences
Module 6

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Dr. Loneke Blackman-Carr
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Module 6


Dr. Wizdom Powell
UConn Health
Module 6


Dr. Saran Stewart
Department of Education
Module 7


Dr. Diandra J. Prescod
Department of Education
Module 7


Dr. Violet Jiménez Sims
Department of Education
Module 8

Melina Pappademos

Dr. Melina Pappademos
Department of History
Module 8

Stephany Santos

Dr. Stephany Santos
Student Engagement Faculty

Truth Hunter

Truth Hunter
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