Racism is a pervasive and deep-rooted form of oppression that is wired into the DNA of our organizations and communities. Dismantling racial injustices requires us to act with conviction, commitment and courage.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Anti-Racism expands your understanding of identity, power and white privilege in the context of colonial realities. The courses develop your critical skills and awareness to facilitate and support anti-racist and anti-oppression practices and strategies within organizational settings. They provide a roadmap as you rethink allyship to rout out racism in tangible ways.
- Program Format: Can be completed 100% online
- Duration: Requires completion of three anti-racism courses and two diversity and inclusion elective courses, totalling 125 course hours
- Cost: From $3,225 to $4,290, including a non-refundable application fee
- Applications accepted any time
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The UBC Award of Achievement in Anti-Racism enables you to build anti-racist practices and strategies within your team and community. The selected courses focus on power, privilege, identity and an understanding of colonial realities, and how they manifest and affect racialized members of our communities and organizations.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Anti-Racism offers:
- the opportunity to engage in discussion with others from around the world
- a focus on concepts, tools, strategies and skills to support the development of anti-racist perspectives that translate to actionable change
- content that can be applied to your own contexts
- assignments that build on your expertise
- an experienced instructional team of faculty and practitioners in the area of social justice and equity
Who is This Program For?
This program appeals to those interested in addressing racism and engaging in socially just and inclusive change within organizations, including:
- executives, managers and leaders
- human resource practitioners
- organizational development specialists
- healthcare and community service professionals
- educators, administrators and student service personnel
- community development workers.
The program consists of three required anti-racism courses plus two elective diversity and inclusion elective courses, totalling approximately 125 course hours. The program is part-time and can be completed 100% online. Some courses may include scheduled live online class sessions. The anti-racism courses are each three weeks long, and the diversity and inclusion courses are each six weeks long.
The elective course Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers includes both online and face-to-face classes.
Hours and Expectations
For each course, be prepared to spend approximately seven hours per week completing learning activities, including readings, assignments, posting and responding to online group discussions, and other projects. You are required to log in to your course at least every other day. We strongly recommend taking only one course at a time if you are working or studying full-time.
In order to participate in the UBC Certificate in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, you will need to have access to a computer, an email account and the internet with an up-to-date web browser.
The curriculum reflects the voices and perspectives of racialized members of our communities. Explore concepts, theories and methods through specific examples and cases, analyze your own experiences and collaborate with fellow participants as well as online facilitators to reach a higher level of awareness and effectiveness in addressing issues of racism in your contexts.
Assignments are designed so that you can apply what you learn in class to specific cases and situations from your own professional or personal life.
You should be prepared to spend approximately five to seven hours per week per course completing learning activities, which include readings, assignments, asynchronous group discussions and other projects.
Choose three required anti-racism courses
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Principled Engagement with Indigenous People (MC652)||Online||Feb 8-Feb 25, 2022||Register|
|Anti-Racism Strategies for the Workplace (MC653)||Online||
Jan 18-Feb 6, 2022
|Responding to Indigenous Specific Racism (MC654)||Online||Nov 2-Nov 19, 2021||Register|
|Addressing Power, Privilege and Systems (MC656)||Online||Mar 8-27, 2022||More|
|Dismantling Barriers to Inclusion Within Organizations (MC655)||Online||TBD||More|
|Organizational Equity and Inclusion: A Strategic Roadmap (MC657)||Online||Jan 25-Feb 13, 2022||More|
|Decolonizing and Creating Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (MC660)||Online||Nov 9-Nov 28, 2021||More|
|Understanding Intersectionality and Identity (MC659)||Online||TBD||More|
|Countering Biases and Microaggressions (MC658)||Online||TBD||More|
How Am I Assessed?
Courses are graded as complete/incomplete. You’re evaluated based on standards and competencies established by facilitators, program administrators and an advisory board. At the end of each course, we notify you if you successfully met the requirements for the course.
Choose two elective diversity and inclusion courses:
|Elective Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Engaging Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations (MC609)||Online||
Oct 28-Dec 17, 2021
|Identity and Intergroup Relations (MC601)||Online||
Feb 24-Apr 8, 2022
|Leadership in Intercultural Contexts (MC608)||Online||
Jun 2-Jul 15, 2022
|Thriving in Diverse Teams (MC604)||Online||
Jan 20-Mar 11, 2022
|Training for Intercultural, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Trainers (MC607)||Blended||
Total program fees range from $3,225 to $4,290, and include all course materials, as well as a non-refundable $175 application fee. You pay for each course when you register, and can save $20–$50 per course if you register prior to the earlybird deadline.
|Course Type||Course Cost|
|Diversity and Inclusion Courses**||$1,050|
*Principled Engagement with Indigenous People is $695
**Leadership in Intercultural Contexts is $1,110 and Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers is $1,590
- $175 non-refundable application fee (paid at time of application)
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, Mastercard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Award of Achievement in Anti-Racism are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
- post-secondary education and/or extensive life experience
- fluency in English, including good written and verbal communication skills
- the academic, interpersonal and communication skills to support active participation in this dynamic program
- at least five to seven hours a week available to spend on each course
- the minimum technology requirements required to complete the courses.
Applications are accepted at any time. You should apply to the program at least three weeks in advance of the start date of the first course you plan to take. If you plan to take a required course first, we recommend that you apply more than three weeks in advance as required courses tend to fill up quickly.
Follow These Steps to Apply
You must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses. To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Complete the following steps to submit your application:
- Pay the $175 non-refundable application fee. We will send you a PDF of the receipt to the email address you provided. Please note the invoice number found on the receipt as you will need it for the application form.
- Complete the online application form. You will need to include a letter of intent (max. 500 words). This should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations