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The Racial Crisis in America – Online


Hear from a collection of interviews with community leaders as they discuss the racial crisis in America, its history, the current climate, and how it will progress in the future.


We are well in the twenty-first century, yet the nation continues to be a place where Black people and People of Color still feel unwelcomed at work and in schools, neighborhoods, and organizations. One of the greatest crises today is the reluctance or failure of potential allies to see unmistakably and fully understand this racist reality.  This reluctance or failure to understand this crisis is unhealthy for the current and future realities of the United States.

This class, The Racial Crisis in America, is a timely, comprehensive, concise, and beneficial course on understanding systemic racism in the United States. What does it look like with clear examples? How does it feel? How does it hurt lives, productivity, and the workforce? How does it prevent the US from being a “more perfect Union?” What will it mean for your greatgrandchildren if we do not finally address this crisis today? This course offers opportunities to think about strategies for creating an anti-racist environment critically.

Leading with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Certificate – Online

This course is a part of the Leading with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Certificate.

This online certificate has been designed to challenge you and help you grow as a leader and individual. Understand the essentials to foster diversity and inclusion, which will lead to better business outcomes, innovation, and increased efficiency.

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How It Works

100% online, led by instructor

On-demand access, 12 weeks to complete

5-6 hours of content & interactive learning assignments

Topics covered:

  • Interviews from community leaders on the racial crisis in America
  • Creating a culturally and racially healthy work environment
  • Understanding systemic racism in the United States
  • How does systemic racism hurt lives, productivity, and the workforce?
  • Why systemic racism needs to be addressed today
Who should attend:
  • Small, big, and large business leaders
  • Primary, secondary, and post-secondary leaders
  • Employees in predominantly white to highly diverse companies and organizations
  • Non-profit leaders, politicians, religious leaders, counselors, therapists, and household leaders

Return on education:

  • Employer benefits:
    • Recruit and retain more socially responsible employees to create a foundation for a healthy work environment
    • Create a culturally and racially healthy work environment and improve organizational citizenship and overall employee relationships
    • Commit to producing a diverse workforce that feels inclusive, fair, and committed to social responsibility
    • Create a work environment will be more attractive to future employees
    • Increase the retention of current employees and allow them to be more creative and happy
  • Employee benefits:
    • Utilize the opportunity to think in ways you are seldom provided in personal-intimate settings
    • Identify ways you can be an agent for social justice and improve our society
    • Move outside of quick or straightforward personal-blame conceptualization to consider more complicated evaluations
    • Develop a more focused ability to examine the system, structure, and ecology, so you can be able to implement institutional change

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 6 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

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You will receive course materials and gain access to the learning environment within one business day of registration and payment. Once you start the course, you will have 12 weeks to complete it.

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Dr. William A. Smith

Dr. William A. Smith is a Professor and Chair of the Department of  Education, Culture, & Society in the College of Education at the University of Utah. He also holds a joint appointment in the Ethnic Studies Program (African American Studies division) as a full professor. He has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Access, & Equity in the College of Education as well as a Special Assistant to the President at the University of Utah & its NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (2007-2013). Dr. Smith is the co-editor of the book, The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century (2002). In 2018, he received the College of Education’s Faculty Service Award for Outstanding Research & Scholarship. His research primarily focuses on his theoretical contribution of Racial Battle Fatigue which is the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects that racial micro-level aggressions and macro-level aggressions (microaggressions and macroaggressions) have on People of Color.

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  1. Alyssa Charles

    “This was the first course in the certificate program that utilized an interview-style approach to presentations and I really enjoyed hearing from various industry leaders. Each presenter brought a unique perspective, background, and expertise that made the presentations engaging and insightful. The content was especially interesting! We learned about America’s racist history from Dr. Feagin, discussed microaggressions with Dr. Wood, Dr. Robinson shared her thoughts on diversity training and education, and many more!”
    -Michael Bustamante

  2. Alyssa Charles

    “I liked the variety of relevant topics, presenters and activities.”
    -Zaria O’Bryant

  3. Alyssa Charles

    “I loved everything, even all the reading! I don’t like to read but the topic that we were asked to read was amazing. I read all of them and plan on going back to re-read man of them. This course has open my eyes to so many things that are not being done that needs to be done. Now I know how to address these thing in a way that doesn’t make me look upset or angry at wat my company is doing and not doing. I have already invited another manager to take this course, I know she is very interested as I have been sharing small bit of information as I feel it’s important for her to be aware of. This course has really changed my life. This course will help me in so many ways, I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful course in helping me stay woke to what is happening and should be happening in my company and with my career!”

    -Eddie Gist

  4. Alyssa Charles

    “I really enjoyed the guest speakers and the conversations Dr. Smith was able to bring to the course.

    -Chantae Lessard

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