Starting with the Summer 2021 semester, the following course will be offered as part of the online Graduate Certificate Program in Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion at the
University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs.
For more than 400 years the U.S. has been trapped by its own invention of race, and as social change is now being ushered by a rapidly evolving race demographic, fears and misunderstandings are seriously threatening the future of race relations in America. An understanding of the race concept is a necessary first step toward overcoming the present challenges we face as a nation. This undertaking requires the implementation of authentic narratives on the topic of race. Such knowledge remains omitted from standard curricula within the U.S. educational system; however, in this weekly study group we explore the concept of race to expose its origin, purposes, justifications, and enduring outcomes for both whites and non-whites., debunking much of the false but enduring knowledge that has been tethered to skin color. Meeting once per week on Zoom, this group is designed for independent learners or special audiences that have chosen to experience personal growth in a virtual or communal setting, and without the required rigor of a college course. In this format, participants still benefit from reflective practices and critical dialogues that increase knowledge and transform beliefs. Study groups meet for 10 weeks, and can be open (to the public) or exclusive (to a specific audience). In either category, sessions may be customized to intersect with group or organizational themes or to address special topics. Exclusive groups also have the option of meeting on-location.