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Understanding Structural & Institutional Racism

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This free online course is designed to help you expand your knowledge of the interlocking social systems and ideology that are the foundations of racial inequality in our society.  This course now offers three and a half (3.5) free CE credits for successful completion of the course.

There are three sections that each take approximately one hour to complete:

Section 1 introduces initial core concepts that will be used in the rest of this module: political economy, racial capitalism, white supremacy, and structural and institutional racism.

Section 2 takes a deeper look at white supremacist ideology, its influence on American society and how it can be deconstructed and otherwise contested.

Section 3 concludes with a look at the history of antiracist activism in the U.S., and the role social workers can play in opposing racism.

You’ll find a short evaluation at the end of the course for you to share feedback, in addition to the quiz if you are interested in CE credits for the course.

While this module doesn’t provide the final word on these difficult and challenging issues, we hope that it will expand our knowledge base, introduce new concepts and approaches, and help us work together to build a better, more antiracist world.

Contributing Authors:

Dawn Belkin Martinez is a Clinical Professor and the Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion at Boston University School of Social Work. Her specialties include the Liberation Health framework for social work practice,, racial justice and anti-oppressive practice, community organizing as a therapeutic intervention, family therapy, and clinical practice with the Latinx community. . Co developers of the module are Greer Hamilton, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and Noor Toraif, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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