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Online Course: Womanist Social Ethics

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This is an online course is offered as part of the Womanist Leadership Institute, a program co-sponsored by The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership and the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary. This program is a series of online courses to promote and support Womanist scholarship and leadership within a continuing education and lifelong learning environment. Participants can select to take one or multiple courses within the program. Courses are open to all.

This course includes six (6) online class meetings, on Monday evenings, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT. In addition to the live class meetings, this course includes both reading and written assignments. However, as a continuing education program, no grades or degree credits will be issued.

Online Course Title: Womanist Social Ethics

Course Dates: Mondays, February 21 – March 28, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Course Description: This Continuing Education online course critically examines major works of Katie Geneva Cannon to explore social contexts that inform the moral decision-making and agentic survival practices of the dispossessed against interlocking systems of oppression. The course will engage womanist social ethics as a lens to grapple with racial, gender/sexuality, and economic inequities in real-life contexts. Students can expect to apply their learning to critique structural injustices (e.g., the U.S. legal system, state/communal/intimate partner violence, poverty, Anti-Black racism) and construct liberatory interventions to catalyze ecclesial and social responses for transformative change.

Led by: Rev. Dr. Nikia Smith Robert, Ordained Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Leader Bio: Rev. Dr. Nikia Smith Robert earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religion at Claremont School of Theology with a focus on ethics and public policy. Her transdisciplinary scholarship asks questions at the intersection of race, gender and class to interrogate social inequities that disproportionately target Black women in the U.S. Carceral State. Her primary research examines the criminalization of impoverished Black motherhood using womanist religious and abolitionist ideals.

Dr. Robert’s published works include a peer-review article in the Harvard Graduate Journal titled, “Penitence, Plantation and the Penitentiary: A Liberation Theology for Lockdown America.” She serves as a steering committee member for the Liberation Theologies group at the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Robert has participated as speaker, organizer and protestor at peaceful demonstrations for Black Live Matter, the Movement for Black Lives, Clergy for Black Lives and the NAACP. Dr. Robert is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Online Course Format:  Weekly class meetings via Zoom Technology, along with assignments posted on Blackboard, the seminary’s learning management system (login credentials provided). Registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link the week prior to the course’s first meeting.

About the Womanist Leadership Institute Program: To receive a certificate of completion for the Womanist Leadership Institute, participants will engage in four (4) core courses, and two (2) elective courses over a two-year period. However, the program will be on-going, with electives varying year-to-year, allowing participants to complete the requirements within an extended period as needed. Courses are open to all, and no application is necessary. Interested participants will simply register for the courses, and participants can engage the courses without pursuing the program in its entirety. Each course will be capped at thirty (30) participants. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded to those participants who complete the courses; however, no course grades or degree credits will be provided. Course participants do not have to be pursuing a certificate of completion in the program in order to take any of the courses listed in the program.


$175 per individual, if register by February 6, 2022. (Note: Beginning, February 7, 2022, individual price increases by $50. Register early and save!).

CEUs: 3.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for this event. Note: CEU certificates can be generated upon request at the time of the event.


Online registration is open. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Waiting List: Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot. Once event reaches capacity, a waiting list will be started.


February 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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