2020 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers, June 16-19, 2020

2020 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers

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

June 16, 2020 to June 19, 2020
Remote Learning Experience



A Note Regarding COVID-19

Based on public health projections and the prevailing travel restrictions for higher education institutions, we have decided to conduct the TRHT Institute virtually. The Institute fee has been reduced by about half, i.e. member institution fees will equal $3500, and non-member institution fees will equal $4200.  AAC&U staff and the faculty and mentors for the TRHT Institute are currently transitioning the curriculum and program of events and will share information with participants over the next couple of weeks. 

About the Institute

Among the most urgent challenges facing America today is growing racial, ethnic, and economic segregation. Increasing aversion to difference and rising distrust among communities nationally have left colleges and universities with the challenge of healing from the legacies and harm of racism. 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 seeks to address the historical and contemporary effects 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, new and returning TRHT Campus Center teams 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, as well as 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?

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. All regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are encouraged and eligible to apply. The Institute also is designed to support the continuing work of existing TRHT Campus Centers.

To learn more about the Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers, visit https://www.aacu.org/trht-campus-centers

For additional information on the Institute on TRHT Campus Centers, send inquiries to Maria Kowalski at mkowalski@aacu.org