Black Thriving Initiative Modules

BTI Modules

Black Thriving Initiative 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 

Why are people protesting in the streets and demonstrating in support of Black Lives? This course is free and open to all campus members – undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff employees. Offered quarterly, this course meets one hour per week. Each meeting will be organized around a theme and serve as a focal point of a moderated discussion. These include anti-Blackness, the arc of Black resistance from slavery through the civil rights movement, #blacklivesmatter, 2020, and racial justice on campus.

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.

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.

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

Week Focus Subject
1 Anti-Blackness Introduction: What is Anti-Blackness?
2 The Arc of Black Resistance I From Slavery through the Civil Rights Movement
3 The Arc of Black Resistance II Black Protest Tradition in the 21st Century: #blacklivesmatter
4 The Arc of Black Resistance III 2020
5 The Arc of Black Resistance IV Racial Justice on Campus
Week Focus Subject
1 White Supremacy: Structures, Mechanisms, Practices I Racial Bias: The Founding Condition of America
2 White Supremacy: Structures, Mechanisms, Practices II Language, Monuments, and Cultural Appropriation
3 White Supremacy: Structures, Mechanisms, Practices III Policing and Criminalizing Black People
4 White Supremacy: Structures, Mechanisms, Practices IV Systemic Racism in Institutions of Higher Education
5 Allyship Using Your Privilege To Promote a Black Thriving University Culture
Week Focus Subject
1 Acknowledge the existence of anti-Black racism Listen
2 Understand your relationship to anti-Black and micro- and macro-aggressions Self-reflect
3 Recognize uncredited labor that Black people expend to manage the effects of unconscious and conscious acts of bias, prejudice and bigotry Build just communities
4 Confront anti-Blackness to build a thriving culture for Black people Build trust

Course Registration

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