Anti-Oppression Certificate Program

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Please Note: The Anti-Oppression Certificate Program is still under development but can be started with the current available modules. The full list of required modules will be coming soon. Subscribe to the EDI Mailing List to be updated as soon as the full required modules become available. 

The Anti-Oppression Certificate Program allows participants to reflect on systems of oppression towards Indigenous Peoples, Black, Asian, Muslim, and Jewish communities, as well as people with disabilities and 2SLGBTQIA+ and Trans communities.

Examine the current instances and impact of systems of oppression in the Canadian context. Reflect on current stereotypes and tropes toward Indigenous Peoples, Black individuals, Muslim and Jewish communities or people who are perceived to be Muslim or Jewish, Asian communities, and people who live with disabilities, and the harm these myths cause to these groups.

Build up skills to become an ally to equity-deserving group members and implement strategies and take actions to address oppression to build a more inclusive environment at Western and in our society.

Program Details

Program format: Complete eight online modules (100% online and asynchronous) and attend at least one virtual or in-person workshop. 

The Anti-Oppression Certificate Program consists of four e-learning modules you can navigate at your own pace. We also offer virtual and in-person workshops that can be found on our website. All of the modules are open for registration at any time. 

Assessments: Once you complete each module, participants complete quizzes posted in OWL. There are ten questions in each quiz. You need eight correct answers to pass and be issued a certificate of completion for each module.

Duration: Approximately 15 hours (approximately 13 hours to complete online modules and 2 hours in a workshop).

Cost: free for Western constituents.


Online Training Modules

To complete the certificate, you must complete the following online modules: 

Unpacking and Addressing Antisemitism 

Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Asian Racism 

Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Islamophobia 

Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Black Racism

Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism (Coming Soon)

Unpacking and Addressing Oppression towards 2SLGBTQIA+ and Trans Communities (Coming Soon)

Prevention of Ableism (Coming Soon)

Unpacking and Addressing Misogyny and Sexism (Coming Soon)

How to Register for the Online Modules

  1. Go the module webpage you wish to register for. Click on the registration button.
  2. Login to your OWL account using your email address and password.
  3. Click “Yes, add me” to join the work site.
  4. Click on the “Instructions” tab on the menu to the left.
  5. To be recorded as having successfully completed the module, you must take a quiz once you’ve completed the module and obtain 80% or higher. The quiz can be re-taken multiple times until successful completion.

Any questions about the Anti-Racism Foundations Certificate Program can be directed to Anyone experiencing technical issues with the module can contact the WTS Help Desk by submitting a Service Desk ticket or calling 519- 661-3800.  

To learn more about how to navigate OWL, visit Western OWL Help and Support 

To learn about submitting a quiz in OWL, visit the OWL Help site. 

EDI Workshops (Starting Summer 2024)

To complete the certificate, you must attend at least 1 EDI focused workshop: 

If you would like to receive updates when the next workshop is being help, please subscribe to our Office of EDI Mailing List. 

Technology Requirement

To participate in the Anti-Racism Foundations Certificate Program, we recommend you have the following:
  • A Western email account.
  • A computer, laptop or tablet using Windows, macOS or iOS
  • The latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release).
  • A reliable internet connection.

You should also have the technology to watch videos, listen to audio, and download and read PDF files. 

You will also need access to a video camera and microphone for synchronous virtual workshops. 

Requesting the Anti-Oppression Foundations Certificate (Coming Soon)

Once you have completed the requirements for this certificate program, you may request the certificate through the link below (Coming soon). Please note: You must upload all of your certificates of completion for the online modules as part of the request form. If you do not have or know how to obtain your certificate of completion, please see the FAQ section at the bottom of this webpage.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I get multiple attempts on the quiz for each of the modules?

Everyone can retake the quiz multiple times and they are granted a Certificate of Completion once they achieve an 80% on the test. The module is also tracked through MyHR. The quiz can be re-taken as many times as needed until successful completion.

How do I request a certificate of completion for the online module?

Once you obtain at least 8 out of 10 in the online quiz:
  • Click on the Certificate Tool located on the left side menu in OWL.
  • Click on “View Certificate (PDF)” link and download your certificate of completion.

How was the curriculum for this certificate and future certificates be developed?

The e-learning modules and workshops in the Anti-Racism Foundations Certificate Program were developed and are taught by experts in anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion, in consultation with a broader community of experts from Western University and beyond. These modules reflect the voices and experiences of equity-deserving group members.

Who reviewed the module and approved this module?

The modules and trainings for the Anti-Racism Foundations Certificate Program were reviewed by external experts in anti-racism and EDI-D, faculty members who are also experts in this field, Western leaders, Human Resources, Student Experience, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, USC, SOGS, SGPS, members of the PMA, UWOSA, UWOFA, and many members of student associations at Western, among others. The module was also piloted with Western Research, WORLDiscoveries, Research Institutes, BrainsCAN, ACVS and faculty. This certificate program was approved by Associate Vice-President EDI Dr. Opiyo Oloya.