Moral Courage College
The No-Shaming Approach to
Anti-Racism, Justice-Seeking, and Power-Sharing
We need remedies for racism. And, to be effective, any remedy has to be enduring. That’s why it can’t be imposed. Buy-in gets cultivated by giving space to different viewpoints in service of honest conversations.
The “white fragility” approach amounts to shaming. But shaming people leads to humiliation, and humiliation sows the seeds of blowback.
At Moral Courage College, we teach diversity without shaming. Our specialty is to equip people to turn disagreement into engagement and, ultimately, into shared action.
Moral Courage College teaches this skill to three audiences:
Schools: Equipping educators to teach moral courage
This video shows the impact of Moral Courage College on a high school. Now, we’re developing an online course for certified teachers who want to introduce moral courage to their students. And after completing the online course, educators can deepen their commitment to moral courage by taking an in-person, multi-day, immersive course with Irshad. Here’s more about how we teach.
Businesses: Diversity without division
Let’s face it, companies are terrified of inflaming the culture wars at work. But conventional “diversity training” so often plants the seeds of conflict among co-workers. It demoralizes people. And it drains productivity. Moral Courage College offers a different approach to diversity and inclusion — an approach that the renowned sociologist, Jonathan Haidt, has described as “humble, loving, humane, and therefore likely to work for many more people.” Here’s more about how we teach.
Communities: A global network of moral courage mentors
Moral Courage College is training a global network of moral courage mentors who — as the name suggests — will mentor individuals and groups in their own locales. Mentors might even earn money doing this: Turning caustic polarization into constructive conversation requires skills that the market increasingly values. After graduating from Moral Courage College, mentors will continually be equipped with resources that are produced by the college. Here’s more about how we teach.
Those who complete their training in moral courage will be awarded a diploma from the Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights at Oxford University, where our founder, Irshad Manji, teaches. Moral Courage College is based in New York and offers many of its teachings online. If you’d like any of the services that we’ve described above, email us: [email protected].