Introductory Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive Concepts

Online /
Oct 24 - 25, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-1046-ONL22

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

11:00 am to 2:30 pm Eastern Time ((Will include a 30 minute break)

Course participants are expected to join the session on a computer with a functioning webcam and microphone.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how race is socially constructed
  • Locate own social position in terms of power and oppression
  • Identify whiteness as a system of hierarchy and articulate how it functions
  • Share insights about experience with detours
  • Recognize deficit discourses and explain how they harm


Have you ever observed racism in the workplace? Did you want to speak up but felt unsure? We want to deepen your understanding of what racism is and how it functions.

While some professional programs (education, law, medicine) are beginning to implement anti-racist, anti-oppressive education, there is still immense need for engineering and technical disciplines to take up this work. Join us as we lay the groundwork for engaging in anti-racism action. In addition to lecture components, this course will include activities and discussion to consolidate the learning.

Course Outline

This course covers some foundational anti-racist, anti-oppressive concepts:

  • Race as a social (rather than biological) construct
  • Intersectional, constructed identity
  • Whiteness as a system of racial hierarchy
  • Detours to anti-racism
  • Deficit discourses

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone wanting to better understand racism

Special Requirements

Course participants are expected to join the session on a computer with a functioning webcam and microphone.

More Information

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Overview

  • Race as a social (rather than biological) construct
    • Historical/debunked scientific categories
    • Implications of a socially constructed system
    • Levels of racism
  • Intersectional, constructed identity
    • Understanding identities that hold power
    • Examining social location
    • How society values and devalues identities

Day 2

  • Whiteness
    • System of racial hierarchy
    • Constructed to maintain white interests
  • Detours to anti-racism
    • What gets in the way of this learning
    • Recognizing patterns/tendencies to unlearn
  • Deficit discourses
    • How language leads to outcomes
    • Disrupting harmful discourses


Logan Martin-Arcand

Logan Martin-Arcand, BFA is a queer Indigenous (Nehiyaw/Denesuline) educator, scholar and artist based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Logan is currently working towards a Master of Education in Educational Foundations from the University of Saskatchewan. He is the founder of Sexual Spacewalk Theatre, a company dedicated to bringing diverse storytelling to a prairie landscape. His most recent play, The Gay Card, brought prairie-made Queer theatre to the international stage at the FRIGID Festival in New York City in 2019.

Sharissa Unger Hantke, MEd

Sharissa Hantke, RN, M.Ed. is a white settler nurse and educator located on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. She develops content and teaches in community and university settings, including undergraduate teacher education, nursing, professional development, and faculty education. In 2021 she completed a master’s degree in educational foundations at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of anti-racism expert Dr. Verna St. Denis. Sharissa seeks to work for racial justice by learning her own complicity in colonialism and her responsibility to push for a critical antiracist lens in education.

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Fee & Credits

$450 + taxes

  • 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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