Introduction to Antiracism Practice

Introduction to Antiracism Practice

Embark on your antiracist journey with 540WMain through our new college-style course!

welcome to introduction to antiracism practice!

This college-style course will run for eight weeks starting in the Fall of 2023 and cover salient topics relevant to antiracism, engage critically with seminal texts, and empower participants to put antiracist tools and processes into measurable action!

participants will learn about...

  • Historical overviews of how racism is constructed
  • How racism impacts their own lives and others
  • The language and discussions around (anti)racism
  • Tools and resources for action-oriented antiracist practice
  • How to take action in their own lives with an antiracist lens

course components

Format & Facilitation
This is a synchronous virtual course that will run for 90 minutes twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 24th, 2023.
Content & Assignments
Content and assignments will simulate an immersive learning experience of short readings, viewing and listening that will challenge participants to synthesize what they’re learning in brief weekly reflection responses.
No Exams, what?
This course is meant to enhance participant understanding of racism, antiracism and antiracist practice. There will be no written or oral exams in order to support a flexible and low-stress learning environment. Participants will be encouraged to submit two self-reflections throughout the course!
Capstone Project
Participants will put antiracist philosophies into practice through completion of their own capstone projects which will hone in on a specific process of antiracism.
Course Texts
Participants will engage with Black critiques, dialogues, and work on antiracism through texts by: Ijeoma Oluo, Layla F. Saad, Ibram X. Kendi, and Ruby Hamad to name a few.
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about the instructors

Calvin Eaton

Calvin Eaton is a disabled scholar/author/speaker/social entrepreneur that specializes in the following subjects; African American history & culture, antiblackness, civil disobedience, housing justice & gentrification, sustainability, disability rights, food justice, and gluten-free lifestyle/cooking. Mr. Eaton serves as an adjunct faculty member at St. John Fisher College, is a frequent guest lecturer at several Rochester area universities including Nazareth College and The University of Rochester; and sits on the Disparities Solutions Advisory Council with the U.S Pain Foundation.

This course will have a co-instructor (To be announced).

enrollment cost breakdown

The full cost of this class is $875. This all-inclusive fee includes access to google classroom, all course materials, and a copy of Ibram X. Kendi’s, “How to Be An Antiracist.”

We offer a variety of payment options that best fits your circumstances. You can learn more about the different options and select your preferred tier when enrolling.

how to enroll

2023 Course Offerings

Program Dates: Classes run from October 24th, 2023 to December 14th, 2023 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm to 7:30pm EST on Zoom.

How to Enroll: Enrollment for the fall semester is now open. To enroll, please click the link below. Enrollment will close October 15th or when full.

Click to register for the course

Want to learn more before registering?

You can learn more about this class at our information session on September 12th at 5:00pm on Zoom. Please note, you do not need to attend the info session in order to register. If you cannot attend but still have questions, please email the 540Team at


frequently asked questions

Classes are twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm EST on Zoom. There are also required weekly assignments.

You can register for the Fall semester online via our Eventbrite page. Additional details and syllabus will be emailed upon registration.

We understand that this work is a challenging commitment and that this course may not fit everyone! Should you need to opt-out of enrollment for this course, you are eligible for a full refund so long as you notify the instructor before the start of the second class. For the Fall 2023 term, the deadline for a refund is October 31st, 2023.

This course will have a seating capacity of 12. You will be added to the waitlist if the course becomes full. If an opening to the course becomes available those waitlisted will be notified and enrolled in the order of the waitlist. You can join the waitlist here.

This class is 100% online. Live class sessions are hosted on Zoom. Assignments and course content will be administered via Google Classroom.

Yes! Upon finishing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. At this time, the certificate is not accredited.

Email with any questions or comments regarding the class.