2022 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers

Expanding TRHT Campus Centers to Dismantle Racial Hierarchies and Build Equitable Communities

Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

A Note Regarding COVID-19

AAC&U is closely monitoring the spread of the Omicron variant, and we will continue to be guided by recommendations from the CDC and information from local public health professionals. The 2022 TRHT Institute will be held Tuesday, June 21 – Friday, June 24 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to requiring all in-person attendees to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, we are requiring masks for all indoor activities and making arrangements to provide a safe and comfortable meeting environment.

AAC&U is committed to protecting the health and safety of all who participate in the 2022 TRHT Institute in Atlanta, GA, and those in the local communities who may be at risk of COVID-19.

In order to attend the 2022 TRHT Institute in person, attendees must have received their final COVID-19 vaccine dose by June 7, 2022.

About the Institute

Among the most urgent challenges facing America today is the growing division across racial and ethnic identities. Increasing aversion to difference and rising distrust among communities nationally have left colleges and universities with the challenge of how to heal from the legacies and harm of racism and bias. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is partnering with higher education institutions to develop TRHT Campus Centers to prepare the next generation of strategic leaders and critical thinkers to promote racial healing and to catalyze efforts to address current inequities grounded in notions of a racial hierarchy. As a national, community-based initiative, the TRHT effort launched by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation seeks to address the historical and contemporary impacts of race and racism within our communities. Each TRHT Campus Center prioritizes expansive, community-based healing activities that seek to change collective community narratives and broaden the understanding of our diverse experiences.

At the Institute, campus teams interested in hosting a TRHT Campus Center, or are currently serving as a host institution will identify evidence-based strategies that support their stated vision of what their communities will look, feel, and be like when the belief in the hierarchy of human value no longer exists. Teams will participate in and design Racial Healing Circles. In addition, teams will participate in workshops, and collaborate with experienced TRHT Campus Center mentors, workshop facilitators, and evaluation consultants to develop and/or refine their transformative campus action plans. The action plans will include strategic goals that align with each TRHT Campus Center’s vision and the existing TRHT framework, and steps to achieve the goals. The action plans also will include a list of intended outcomes, evaluation strategies, communication, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability plans.

Campus Team Outcomes

  • Develop a comprehensive action plan to achieve TRHT goals
  • Design and facilitate Racial Healing Circles
  • Become a part of the growing, national TRHT Campus Centers network
  • Become eligible to host a TRHT Campus Center

Who Should Apply?

All regionally accredited two- and four-year institution campus teams interested in learning more about the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework, or that have an interest in hosting a TRHT Campus Center at their institution are invited to apply. Institutional priorities and goals for advancing social justice and equitable communities should align strategically with the TRHT effort. The Institute also is designed to support the continuing work of existing TRHT Campus Centers.

Click here to learn more about the Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers.

For additional information on the Institute on TRHT Campus Centers, send inquiries to Adair Appleton at [email protected].

Rx Racial Healing® Circles

What are Rx Racial Healing® Circles?

As the centerpiece of the TRHT Framework, Rx Racial Healing® Circles, are meant to ground the various elements of the TRHT methodology in a compassionate and expansive forum for sharing personal truth to help begin the process of transforming hearts and minds. The Rx Racial Healing® Circle methodology stresses active listening, being open to the perspectives and experiences of others, and is based on “building a national organizational network and activating local action to promote racial healing and racial equity.” 1

Rx Racial Healing® Circles are co-facilitated by two experienced racial healing practitioners. Circles begin with an introductory exercise and are followed by a deep discussion prompt in which participants share stories in response to the prompt within an assigned dyad pair. Following the deep discussion prompt, the circle reconvenes, and participants are invited to share their stories with the whole group. The composition of circles and dyad pairs are planned in advance, to be as diverse as possible, including racial, age, gender, and geographic diversity for maximum healing.

After participating in an Rx Racial Healing® Circle co-facilitated by experienced practitioners, Institute participants will review the core elements of the racial healing process and gain experience designing and co-facilitating a simulated Rx Racial Healing® Circle.

1 Dr. Gail Christopher at July 18, 2018 Helsinki Commission Briefing.