Thriving in America as an Ethnically and Racially Conscious Person

What is race? Ethnicity? How much of who we are is defined by our acceptance or rejection of these labels? This course will explore the meaning of race, ethnicity and how to build relationships with people from other cultures. 

Program Overview

The purpose of this course is to help you think about race and ethnicity as an evolving part of the human experience that, with understanding, self-reflection, and a willingness to engage in the larger world around us, can help you thrive. Participants will have an opportunity to explore family and community beliefs, values, and ideals and how they may impact our own values and beliefs and how they manifest in our interactions with those around us and the organizational policies, practices, structures, and culture. Through the implementation of Compassionate Dialogue and the RIR Protocol students will reflect interpersonally, intrapersonally, and systemically on issues that impede an ability for individuals to thrive.

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Approximately 30 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



2 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Create an action plan    |    Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Explore the meaning of race, ethnicity, culture, and heritage.
  • Identify theories of racial identity development and how they deepen our understanding of the individual and societal experiences of race.
  • Share our lived experiences in the context of race, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Dissect how awareness of our own race supports us when engaging in dialogue in order to deconstruct stereotypes that negatively impact marginalized people groups.

Course Topics

  • Explore the Meaning of Race and Ethnicity
  • Explore the Meaning of Culture and Heritage
  • Examine the Impact of Eurocentric Values on People of Color 
  • Theories that Describe Stages of Developing Racial and Ethnic Identity
  • Learn About the Significance of Multi-racial Identities in the United States
  • Recognize the Importance of Racial and Ethnic Acceptance
  • Understanding Personal Background and its Relation to Learning
  • Understanding and Embracing All Aspects of Your Background
  • Understanding How to Build Relationships with People from Other Culture
  • Share our Lived Experiences in the Context of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



Refund Policy

This course is offered through University of Massachusetts Global’s School of Extended Education in partnership with Epoch Education

Epoch Education

What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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