2022-2023 Womanist Leadership Institute


The Womanist Leadership Institute (WLI) is 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.

Course participants have an opportunity to receive a certificate of completion per course, as well as complete the Womanist Leadership Institute program, if desired. See the WLI Certificate Program tab for more info.

2022-2023 WLI Courses Offered

For course descriptions and instructor bios, select the Course Info tab or the Course Instructors tab.

Summer 2022

This Womanist Work: Models of Womanist Leadership

Tuesdays, July 19-August 23, 2022  |  6-8 p.m. EDT

Fall 2022

Womanist Ways of Worship

Mondays, September 19-October 24, 2022  |  6-8 p.m. EDT

Winter/J-Term 2023

Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Mondays, January 9-February 6, 2023 |  6-9 p.m. EST

Spring 2023

Black Women's Mental Health as Resistance

Thursdays, April 20-May 25, 2023  |  7-9 p.m. EDT

Course Format

Courses meet weekly synchronously via Zoom. Course assignments will be posted on Blackboard, the seminary's learning management system. Login credentials will be provided for Blackboard.

The face-to-face component of the Womanist Leadership Institute program will be done using the Zoom video conferencing program. Class meetings will not be recorded. Zoom is a web-based app and no purchase is necessary. Access to the following technology is required:

  • Internet Connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone - built-in, USB plug in, or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam - built in or USB plug in

Course Completion

Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded to those participants who complete the courses; however, course grades and degree credits will not be provided. To complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, all course requirements must be met, as outlined in the course syllabus.

Course Tuition

$175 per participant, early registration

$225 per participant, standard registration

Each course will include 1-2 required text for purchase in addition to the course tuition fee.

Please note that early registration per course ends 2 weeks prior to the first class start date.

Participants are able to cancel their registration any time prior to the start of the class for a refund, less a $25 cancellation fee.

A scholarship fund is available to subsidize costs for course participants upon request. Please direct scholarship inquiries to our Program Coordinator.

Feel free to register separately or for multiple courses. Registrations for each course will be accepted up until 7 a.m. on the day the course begins as space allows. Be sure to register early and save, as the price change will occur, per course, on the following dates for the 2022-2023 academic year:

This Womanist Work: Models of Womanist Leadership, increased rate begins July 5, 2022

Womanist Ways of Worship, increased rate begins September 5, 2022

Womanist Biblical Interpretation, increased rate begins December 26, 2022

Black Women's Mental Health as Resistance, increased rate begins April 6, 2023

If a course reaches maximum registration capacity, a waiting list will be started.