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Facing Racism and Emotional Tax in the Workplace

Catalyst via edX


A long history of systemic discrimination, unfair policies, mistreatment, and bias against marginalized racial and ethnic groups have led to a global reckoning on race and racism in countries across the globe. Drawing on research and practitioner insights, we have come together to share personal stories and knowledge to bring to life inclusion frameworks and concepts. Through this course, you will explore the concepts of racism, intersectionality, and “Emotional Tax” and their impact on marginalized racial and ethnic groups in and outside of work. Emotional Tax—being on guard to protect against bias because of race, ethnicity, and gender and experiencing the associated effects on well-being and ability to thrive at work—is often acutely painful. Develop inclusive leadership skills, foundational insights, points of self-reflection, and an action plan to take initial steps to address exclusion and unfair treatment in the workplace and beyond.


  • Part 1: Introduction to Facing Racism in the Workplace / Exploring our Identities
    • Begin reflecting on the intersecting aspects of your identity, including your racial and ethnic identity, and the lived experiences you bring to work.
  • Part 2: Why Does Anti-Racism Matter / Introducing the Concepts
    • Review the key concepts of racism, structural racism, and microagressions, and understand why anti-racism matters and the role it plays in workplaces and society.
  • Part 3: Understanding Emotional Tax: Research and Experiences
    • Learn about Emotional Tax and its associated effects on health and well-being.
  • Part 4: Anti-Racism through Empathy and Allyship / Action Planning
    • Explore Catalyst's "Listen-Learn-Link Up-Lead" framework and how practicing inclusive behaviors creates opportunities to feel valued and respected. Identify actions you can take to address racial inequities in your workplace and community through fostering empathy and allyship.

Taught by

Terrence Underwood and Ashley Rivenbark


4.7 rating at edX based on 7 ratings

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