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Race Unity: The Role of Persian Americans (in English)

The course curriculum is designed for participants of Persian/Iranian descent. Note that the course start date has been postponed from June 2 to September 15.

Social Transformation
9 weeks
Weekly Study
Sep 15-Nov 16
Register By
September 20, 2022

Link to this same course for those who prefer to communicate in Persian/Farsi: Course in Farsi--Persian Race Unity.

The Regional Bahá'í Council of the Northwestern States will pay the fee for the residents of Oregon and Washington. Use the discount code "NWENG22" to register for free.

Scholarships are available for anyone who needs help paying the fee. Please email the Registrar, Niki Daniels, at Click this link to see the fees: Tuition Fees.

This online course is designed to raise the capacity of the participants to understand racial justice and unity, identify the role of Iranian American Bahá’ís, and contribute to building race amity through community building activities, social action and social discourse. This course will examine racial justice and unity in the U.S. from a Bahá’í perspective. Ultimately, participants will acquire the capacity to apply this knowledge to their personal and collective lives. We offer a diversity of thoughts, but do not endorse or advocate specific views of individual authors.

Three areas of capabilities this course will focus on are: 

1. Define the problem/issues (knowledge) 

2. Understand the Bahá'í approach to building racial justice and unity (spiritual insights)

3. Gain skills for building race amity, community building and contributing to discourse (skills for service) 

This course features weekly Zoom sessions hosted by our faculty members in English on Sundays from 10 am to 12 noon Pacific Time (1 to 3 pm Eastern). At the same time, you can log in to our course website at any time, day or night, to read the weekly course materials and watch the course videos, which will be provided in English.

Schedule for Zoom sessions

English sessions: Sundays, 10am-12pm PST, starting on Sunday 18 September.

See also "Course Zoom Schedule"--in Persian and English

See Testimonial video with post-course comments from four participants in the Pilot Persian Race Unity course below. Click the "CC" button at bottom right of the video for English captions.

Who is the course for?
Who is the course for?

This course is designed for for anyone of Persian/Iranian descent who wishes to contribute to building race amity. Both Bahá’ís and friends of Bahá’ís may attend.

Meet Your Faculty
Chitra Golestani, PhD
WI Associate Director, Faculty, Institute for Humane Education

Dr. Chitra Golestani is currently Associate Director of the Wilmette Institute and an Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Humane Education/Antioch University. She also works as an educational consultant, guest lecturer, qualitative researcher, and a co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) at UCLA - an organization committed to social... See Faculty Bio

Tammy Bathke, PhD, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Program

As a registered nurse (RN) in the state of California it has been my privilege to be a full-time tenured professor of nursing for 19 years at College of the Canyons, a California Community College. Most recently my position has changed to nursing program director. I also am a part... See Faculty Bio

Arta Monjazeb, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Oncology at UC Davis

Dr. Monjazeb is an Associate Professor of Oncology at UC Davis. He has an M.D. specializing in radiation oncology and a Ph.D. in cancer research. He is an internationally recognized expert in oncology and cancer research and has authored over 80 publications in top scientific journals. He is a leader... See Faculty Bio

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