Module 1 – Anti-Blackness in the United States: Black Protest Tradition

Why are people protesting in the streets and demonstrating in support of Black Lives? This short course explores this question as a way to understand anti-Blackness and the Black protest tradition. Offered in the summer and quarterly, this course meets one hour per week.  Each meeting will be organized around a theme that will serve as a focal point of a moderated discussion. Themes include what is anti-Blackness, Black resistance (from Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement), racial justice on university campuses, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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Module 2 – Anti-Blackness in the United States: Structures and Mechanisms of De-Valuing Black People

This short course examines white supremacy and its manifestations overtime and why it is necessary to demonstrate in support of Black Lives in the 21st century. Offered in the summer and quarterly, this course meets one hour per week.  Each meeting will be organized around a theme that will serve as a focal point for a moderated discussion. These themes include what is white supremacy, who benefits from whiteness, forms of racial bias, policing black bodies, and the meanings of historical monuments, and being an ally.

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Module 3 – Anti-Blackness in the United States: Change the Culture through Personal, Professional and Institutional Accountability

The most ambitious goal of the UCI Black Thriving Initiative is to dismantle anti-Black sentiment as a precondition to creating a thriving university culture for Black people.  Understanding the ways that bias, prejudice and bigotry impact the lives of Black people is a choice that we must make as individuals and as a campus community.  This choice requires each of us to see ourselves in relation to our Black co-workers, colleagues, and undergraduate and graduate students.

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