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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. 

ABRI 7101 - 001 February 1, 2022 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
ABRI 7101 - 002 February 3, 2022 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
ABRI 7101 - 003 February 9, 2022 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Format: Online, live instruction

This course is geared toward all students of the University of Windsor. Students will receive an e-certificate for their participation in the class.
If you are not a University of Windsor student and are interested in participating, please reach out to us for enrolment consideration.


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

This is an online course and learners must have access to a computer with high speed internet access.  Instructional time will be held on Microsoft Teams.  As a student of this course, the University of Windsor will provide you with access to Microsoft Teams if you do not already have access.

Microsoft Teams is available in three versions including desktop, web and mobile app.  The Microsoft teams desktop app is available for both Windows 7 and 10 and macOS 10.10 or later.  On Windows, Teams requires .NET framework 4.5 or later; the Teams installer will offer to install it for you if you don't have it.  If you are unable to install Desktop App, you can use web version of Teams.  In addition, Microsoft Teams mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices.  You can download Desktop App, you can use web version of Teams.  Full instructions will be provided before the course start.

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