Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Black Racism

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Anti-Black racism in North America is a legacy of not just colonialism but essentially the transatlantic slave trade and the subsequent mistreatment of Black people following the abolition of slavery. This module provides some insight into some common terms related to anti-Black racism, alongside a review of the different ways anti-Black racism has been manifested. Learn some practical strategies that can be used to address anti-Black racism in your day-to-day lives.

After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • Define anti-Black racism and related concepts.
  • Identify the harmful impact historical Canadian laws and policies have had on Black Canadians and Black populations.
  • Identify the harmful impact contemporary Canadian attitudes and social trends have had on Black Communities.
  • Take action when encountering anti-Black racism in interpersonal and institutional settings.

This module can be applied to the Anti-Oppression Certificate Program offered by the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Western.

Module format: It is asynchronous and can be completed 100% online.

Duration: The module can be completed in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Cost: free for Western constituents.

How to Register for the Training on OWL

  1. Click on the “Register for the Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Black Racism Module" button below.
  2. Login to your OWL account using your email address and password.
  3. Click “Yes, add me” to join the worksite.
  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.

After completion of the module

Please use our submission form to upload your certificate of completion. If you do not upload the certificate using our form, it will not be recognized towards the Anti-Oppression Certificate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get multiple attempts on the quiz?

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 was the curriculum for this module and future modules developed?

The curriculum for this module was carefully developed considering current best practices in teaching and learning in the field of EDI and present research in anti-racism. The Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Black Racism module was also created with the specific context of Western University and the City of London in mind and in consultation with faculty members who are experts in anti-Black racism, Western Research, staff, student leaders, and diverse Western student associations.

Who reviewed the module and approved this module?

The Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Black Racism module was 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. The module was approved by Associate Vice-President EDI Dr. Opiyo Oloya.