The Pedagogy of Empowerment will explore race, gender, health and activism in the context of HIV/AIDS in United States Black communities. Through this two-tiered course, students will cultivate strong background knowledge of HIV in Black communities, and explore issues of accountability, apathy, and activism as they pertain to HIV prevention. The course will explore the multifaceted dimensions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities including: its history and epidemiology; gendered dynamics of HIV prevention; intersectionality, HIV infection, and stigma; homophobia and the politics of inclusion and exclusion; and various community responses. Students will use what they learn about the context of the epidemic to critically analyze chosen HIV prevention interventions, and explore the intersection of academia and activism. All students will learn an HIV education module designed by Professor Nesha Haniff. As an exercise in praxis, each student will be required to use and experience this HIV prevention module in a community of her or his choice. Be warned that the community of preference should be outside the University of Michigan. The theoretical text for this class will be Paulo Freiere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. We will also examine other approaches to empowerment like The Barefoot College in India and Yunus Mohomed’s Grameen Banking system.