2024 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

TRHT Sessions

Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, March 21, 2024 /

The Racial Healing Circle - A Practitioner Refresher

Pre-registration is required, space in limited! FREE

This workshop provides a high-level overview of the steps and components for being an effective Racial Healing Circle facilitator and is targeted to those practitioners who have participated in a training at the TRHT Institute and/or facilitated circles at their institutions. Racial Healing Circle practitioners will deepen their knowledge of the methodology to strengthen their facilitation skills in the practice. The learning objectives include a review of the core components of the Racial Healing Circle methodology, unpacking the intentions for each of the core components, and sharing ways to facilitate meaningful manifestations of these intentions in the circle space.

  • Mee Moua


  • Gwenn Weaver


Discussion Session

Friday, March 22, 2024 /


Benefits of Implementing a Student-Centered Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Team

This discussion session will feature members of the SUNY Plattsburgh Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) staff, along with one or more members of the SUNY Plattsburgh TRHT Student Team. The focus will be on the implementation and benefits of a student-centered TRHT team. By involving students in a well-organized program that provides opportunities for them to have a voice in the development of healing circle prompts, locations, marketing, participation, and co-facilitation, the TRHT aims to broaden its impact and influence. Raising awareness and increasing participation among campus and community members in racial healing circles remain vital elements of the TRHT Campus Center.

  • David Duprey

    David A. Duprey

    Executive Director, TRHT Campus Center, SUNY Plattsburgh

  • Michelle Bonati

    Michelle L. Bonati

    Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Education Department, TRHT Board Member; SUNY Plattsburgh

  • Bridget Haina

    Bridget Haina

    Associate Professor, Communications Studies Department, Faculty Senate Chair, TRHT Board Member; SUNY Plattsburgh

Discussion Session

Friday, March 22, 2024 /


Serving in the Academy: The Generational Perspective of African American Male Administrators

This discussion session will utilize the TRHT framework to provide a platform for African American men working across student affairs, enrollment management, student support, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to share their experiences. The panelists will discuss the importance of mentoring, direct connection and support from leadership, and the impact of their work on issues related to diversity, equity, and student success. They will also share their recommendations for increasing the participation and retention of African American men in the profession. The discussion will be framed by a generational perspective defined by their tenure in the field.

  • Trent Ball

    Trent Ball

    Senior Director for Postsecondary Equity and Attainment; Missouri College and Career Attainment Network (MOCAN)

  • D'Andre Braddix

    Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/CDO; St. Louis Community College

  • Curtis Burton

    Dean of Students; Avila University


Saturday, March 23, 2024 /


TRHT in Texas: Reframing Racial Healing and Racial Justice in a New Era

We are bearing witness to, and directly experiencing, pervasive challenges to our collective racial healing and racial justice work in and around Texas. With stringent laws and institutional measures in place, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) practitioners and leaders are working to ensure our impact remains, our institutional missions are achieved, and our communities experience the fullness of radical hope for a better future. Join three Texas higher education institutions as they discuss their truth, racial healing, and narrative change work and how they pivot in these challenging times.

  • Eric Castillo

    Eric Castillo

    Vice Chancellor for Arts, Culture, and Community Impact, Alamo Colleges District; State Advocacy Chair, Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE); Racial Healing Practitioner Fellow, National Compadres Network

  • Khayree Williams

    Director, Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center, Austin Community College; President, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Austin, TX; 1st Vice President Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Sigma Kappa Sigma Chapter; TRHT mentor, facilitator, and trainer

Discussion Session

Saturday, March 23, 2024 /


Intersections of Truth Racial Healing and Transformation and Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's TRHT program aims to heal disconnects caused by racism and settler colonialism. Two faculty members from the NHIH program participated and will share their insights on the intersections between TRHT and NHIH. The program emphasizes exploring personal narratives and genealogy of truth, racial health, and transformation while looking to Hawaiian values and principles to guide academic work in public health.

  • Mapuana C. K. Antonio

    Associate Professor, Queen Lili'uokalani Endowed Professor in Native Hawaiian Culture, Head of the Native Hawaiian & Indigenous Health Program

  • May Rose Dela Cruz

    Assistant Researcher, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health, Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa