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The Fundamentals of Race and Anti-Black Racism

The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the U.S. as well as the brutal beating of Defonte Miller and death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Canada have reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement and have sparked new discussions about the prevalence of anti-Black racism in Canada. This non-credit, generalist course will focus on issues related to race and its origins, anti-Black Racism, and the construct of whiteness.  Through case studies and the sharing of experiences, participants explore their own relationships to power, privilege, and oppression to enhance their awareness within their personal and professional interactions.

The online course will use a reflexive and participatory approach.  Learning formats will include lectures, case studies, group discussions, role plays, group work, journaling, videos and guest presentations.  You will be expected to draw on the assigned readings in class discussions and take notes.  You are also expected to keep informed of the media coverage of contemporary social issues.  The instructor may make changes to course content depending on issues of contemporary relevance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhanced vocabulary around issues of race, racism, ethnicity, and equity.
  • Increased knowledge about systemic and interpersonal racism.
  • Developing understanding of how political, economic and social-cultural practice shape identity, power, privilege and oppression.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical self-reflection and increased awareness of unconscious bias, prejudice, and microaggressions.
  • Identification of promising strategies to comprehensively address anti-Black racism within our society and the workplace.

Learners will be expected to actively participate in online classes and complete a combination of reflections, presentations, and assignments.  Upon successful completion of this class learners will receive grade of completion and receive a Certificate of Completion.

Schedule: Wednesdays, October 2 - November 6, 2024 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm, online

Format: Virtual Classroom

Instructor: Nastassia Subban

Course Fee: $379 + HST. Leaders in their organization who wish to send their team, group rates (3+) are available. UWindsor Staff, Students, Alumni, and Hire UWindsor Partners are eligible for a discount. Email for details.

UWindsor Staff and Faculty may be eligible for the ABR Professional Development Training Grant

Instructor Nastassia SubbanNastassia Subban has been an elementary and secondary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for over 15 years. She previously held the role of a Seconded Faculty Member in York University’s Faculty of Education. Nastassia completed a Master of Education that focused on Africentric and transformative learning and is entering her third year as a PhD candidate in Humanities at York University. Her research is focused on Caribbean carnival as a site of healing for women of the Afro Caribbean diaspora. Last but certainly not least, she is the mother to three beautiful children.





Instructor Beatrice Anane-BediakohBeatrice Anane-Bediakoh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. She holds a Master of Education in Humanities, Social Science, and Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and earned her Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Beatrice’s academic work is motivated by an unwavering commitment to the collective struggle for Black freedom(s) and life forms. Her interests include race and racialization, Black geographies, and the spatialization of race. Grounded in her lived experiences, her dissertation explores the links between Black personhood and neighbourhoods through processes of racialization. She has two upcoming entries in the Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science: a biographical essay on Stokely Carmichael and a co-authored conceptual essay on Racialization. Beyond her academic work, she is intimately invested in the Black community. In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, she participates as Big Sister/ Mentor, alongside, offering affordable individualized tutoring services to low-income families in the Greater Toronto Area.


Learners will be expected to possess:

  • Basic computer skills or course completion in fundamental computer applications such as Word.
  • Experience working with word processing, email, and web browsing.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access
  • Class is delivered online through the Brightspace Learning Management System (for class materials and assignments) and Microsoft Teams for class meetings.

Brightspace and Microsoft Teams Requirements

  • A link will be provided through email prior to the first day of class so that you will have access to all course resources and streaming functions
  • Once you register for this class you will be issued a UWinID.   Please activate your UWinID as soon as possible. Document your UWinID and password as you will need it to access Brightspace and Teams. If you have any issues, please contact
  • Visit this site for Brightspace technical requirements
  • This program is eligible for the OSAP Micro-credential application (OSAPMC).
  • Participants must be registered into the program prior to applying for OSAPMC.
  • Participants are obligated to pay their fees in full, or decide to withdraw at least one week prior to the course start date should they not receive OSAPMC.
    • If this is the case, email immediately to withdraw and request a refund.
  • Register for this program accordingly to allow ample time for your application to be processed. It takes approximately 10-15 business days for the OSAPMC application to be processed.

Continuing Education offers this 18-hour course in collaboration with University of Windsor’s Office of the Vice-President, People, Equity, and Inclusion, and is supported by The Black Council of Windsor-Essex

Content Advisory:  This course covers highly sensitive content that some learners may find uncomfortable and/or challenging.  While open discussions are encouraged, all participants of this course are required to contribute to a respectful, safe, and positive learning environment and to abide by the University of Windsor’s Academic Integrity and Student Code of Conduct.  If you have any questions regarding this advisory, please contact Continuing Education at


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