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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 (Choose 1): 

ABRI 7102 - 005: Thursdays, March 30 - May 4, 2023 | 9am - 12pm EST
Instructor: Dr. Rhonda C. George

ABRI 7102 - 007: Thursdays, May 11 - June 22, 2023 | 5pm - 8pm EST
Instructor: Kaitlyn Ellsworth

Format: Online, live instruction

Fees: $279 + HST. For leaders in their organization who wish to send their team, group rates are available. UWindsor Staff, Students and Alumni are eligible for a discount. Email for details.

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

Dr. Rhonda C. George

Dr. Rhonda C. George is an award-winning sociologist and emerging scholar whose research examines the social and intersectional dimensions of race, racialization, and racial stratification within social institutions such as sport, education, health, and popular culture. In so doing, her interdisciplinary work interrogates the ways in which Black communities, particularly Caribbean diasporic groups, experience, navigate, and resist systemic racial barriers. Her current research uses Critical Race theoretical paradigms and community-based methodologies to explore medical mistrust within Black Canadian communities.

Kaitlyn Ellsworth

Kaitlyn Ellsworth is a sixth generation Underground Railroad and Black Loyalist descendent from Windsor, Ontario. She is currently the Black Student Support Coordinator in the Office of the Vice-President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Windsor. 

Kaitlyn’s post-secondary education includes a BA from the University of Windsor, a BEd from the University of Toronto's OISE specializing in Anti-Racism education, a BA in African American Studies from Wayne State University and is currently working on a Master of Research in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora from the University of Chichester. Kaitlyn’s research is focused on the contemporary transnational relationship between Black Canadians in Windsor, Ontario, and Black Americans in Detroit, Michigan.  

 Kaitlyn currently is the Scholarship Chair of The Hour-A-Day Study Club, Canada’s oldest African Canadian women’s organization, a Board of Director for the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Executive Board member and founding member of The Black Council of Windsor-Essex, a member of The Distinguished Women of International Service, Windsor’s Black Educators Association, Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators, the social justice group Teachers for Global Awareness and the alumni/community rep on the University of Windsor’s Anti-Black Racism taskforce. 


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, Equity, Diversity, 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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