Black Thriving Initiative Modules

BTI modules

Why are people protesting in the streets and demonstrating in support of Black Lives?

These courses are free and open to all campus members – undergraduates, graduate students, faculty staff, and UCI Alumni. Participants will meet online for one hour per week, for a total of five weeks. Each meeting will be organized around a theme that serves as a focal point of moderated discussion.

The purpose of this three-part course sequence is to examine anti-Black racism in the United States while advancing UCI’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Completion of Office of Inclusive Excellence course sequences may align with (APM-210) (e.g., contributions to diversity) for faculty; for staff, progress within the course sequence may be tracked as an (ACHIEVE) goal (e.g., enterprise contributor and job mastery); and for students, completion may serve as an opportunity to develop (career readiness competencies) through group discussions (e.g., communication, teamwork, intercultural fluency, etc.). If appropriate, please discuss the total time commitment with your supervisor before applying.

*Please note that completion of the Black Thriving Initiative Modules WILL NOT result in a certificate*

Course Summaries

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing the modules for Anti-Blackness in the United States, participants will be able to:

• Define and identify anti-Blackness
• Interpret and analyze how anti-Blackness manifests is US society
• Understand Black protest tradition
• Grow capacity for purposeful allyship

Course Schedules

Course Registration

Questions about registration and the curriculum may be addressed to Joseph Morales ( and MJ Ibale (