2019 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers

2019 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers

June 25, 2019 to June 28, 2019
Villanova University
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

About the Institute

Among the most urgent challenges facing colleges and universities today are growing economic, racial, and ethnic segregation. Increasing aversion to difference in higher education 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 Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers to prepare the next generation of strategic leaders and critical thinkers to break down racial hierarchies and dismantle the belief in the hierarchy of human value. As a national, community-based initiative, the TRHT effort seeks to address the historical and contemporary entanglements of race and racism within our communities. Each TRHT Campus Center prioritizes inclusive, 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 defined vision for what their communities will look and feel like when the belief in the hierarchy of human value no longer exists. Teams will participate in racial healing circles, design workshops, and collaborate with experienced TRHT Campus Center mentors, workshop facilitators, communication experts, 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 how those goals fit within the existing TRHT framework, and action steps to achieve the goals. The action plans will include a list of intended outcomes, evaluation strategies, as well as communication, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability plans. 

Preparation for the Institute

Prior to attending the institute, TRHT Campus Center teams will be asked to develop a vision statement, to identify possible community partners, to complete pre-institute readings, and to reflect upon the existing TRHT framework and how the work aligns with their institution’s strategic priorities.

Who Can Attend?

Teams interested in learning more about the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation framework, and that have an interest in hosting a TRHT Campus Center are invited to apply. The TRHT effort should strategically align with institutional priorities and goals for advancing social justice and equitable communities. All regionally accredited two-year 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 trht@aacu.org.