Issues of Race, Diversity & Oppression

A 10-week online college course
SPRING 2021

In partnership with

Fitchburg State University

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A COLLEGE COURSE

OPEN TO ANYONE ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD
FOR 3 UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE CREDITS OR
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POINTS (PDPs)

DAY/DATES: Spring 2021 TBD
LOCATION: Online
INSTRUCTOR: Josh Dodds
RESULT: 3 undergraduate credits OR Non-credit professional development points (PDPs)
PRICE (for credit): $675
(for non-credit PDPs): $375

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
This course examines the social, psychological, and institutional implications of race and culture as dynamic forces influencing society and human service delivery. In addition, this course familiarizes students with a theoretical overview of race and racism, historical and current manifestations of racism, racial identity formation, fundamentals of cultural competence, and effective strategies for promoting ant-racist and anti-oppressive practice. They explore the roles of diversity and oppression in people’s individual and collective lives and in the structure of society. The course content challenges students’ assumptions and increases their ability to approach cultural understanding and the promotion of social justice.

About the instructor

Josh Dodds currently serves as the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Event Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Flagship campus. In that capacity, he advises over 40 student organizations that fall under the category of Political and Advocacy for the campus, aiding them in their event initiatives and creating community with other organizations within the campus. He has served on the Diversity and Inclusion work group at UMass, where he helped develop and present trainings on campus, to staff and faculty, in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion within their divisions. Prior to UMass, he served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Anna Maria College. While at AMC, he developed and created many diversity initiatives for the campus, presented workshops and worked to diversify and increase students of color participation within student affairs. He has presented in regional and national conferences on the issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He received his bachelors in Sociology from UMass Amherst and his Masters of Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Enrollment (for credits) deadline: TBD