Racial Justice Certificate Program

CCSU’s interdisciplinary Certificate in Racial Justice is designed to educate currently enrolled students and continuing education students about such concepts as anti-racism, advocacy, white privilege, and institutionalized racism in the United States.  The anti-racist education will expand an understanding of systemic racism in the United States, providing citizens and students with tools to advocate for and begin to repair social, cultural, economic, and legal inequalities that affect our neighborhoods and our nation.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • 15-credit program
  • Classes offered on campus
  • Professionals in fields such as education, nursing, social work, business and management, political reform, and criminal justice learn to holistically serve various cultural groups with an understanding and appreciation of the social, political, and racial contexts of their lives
  • Taught from multiple perspectives by faculty from such fields as Criminal Justice, Philosophy, Literary Studies, and Anthropology
  • Features the new interdisciplinary course, RJ200: Introduction to Racial Justice, which draws students from a variety of backgrounds and fields

The power of the past is all around us, as it forms the shell in which the present and future unfold. Understanding the present and creating a better future can only be done by reckoning with how the nation has structured and dealt with racial issues. This program will help students create a more inclusive and just society.

Dr. John Day Tully
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Professor of History

Did You Know?

The Certificate in Racial Justice Program collaborates with such campus groups as MOSAIC, The African American Studies Program, and the Africana Center. Our latest collaboration welcomed Professor Eddie Glaude to campus in February 2022 to speak about his book, Begin Again.

 

What You'll Gain

Those that obtain a certificate in Racial Justice develop a sophisticated understanding of historical and contemporary racial justice issues, programs, policies, and structures. As administrators, managers, consultants and organizers, students develop strategies for enhancing racial equity in workplaces, schools, and other institutions. Further, they can gather, analyze, and present information on the performance of programs and policies that aim to enhance racial justice in schools, workplaces, and other institutions.