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Building the Foundation: Race Literacy

This course is offered to current University of Windsor students only. Register with your UWIN ID.

If you are not a University of Windsor student and you are interested in participating in the full class, please visit The Fundamentals of Race and Anti-Black Racism.  Students will receive an e-certificate for their participation in the class.

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 (ABR) in Canada. This three-hour online class will help you to build your foundational knowledge on race literacy and consciousness by discussing a glossary of terms related to ABR, unconscious bias and contemporary ABR topics such as Black Lives Matter and the N-Word. 

Sections (Choose 1): 
ABRI 7101 - 004 March 28, 2023 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
ABRI 7101 - 005 March 29, 2023 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Format: Online, live instruction

Fee: FREE for UWindsor students

This course is geared toward all students of the University of Windsor. Students will receive an e-certificate for their participation in the class.


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
  • English language proficiency
  • Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access
  • Class is delivered online through Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Requirements

  • A link will be provided through email one day before the start of the class
  • Students must register for the class with their UWinID login credentials
  • If you have any issues, please contact

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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