Institute Mentors and Speakers

Participants will work with assigned Institute mentors from existing TRHT Campus Centers who are currently planning and implementing transformative programming to advance racial healing in collaboration with community partners. In addition to the planned mentoring opportunities, teams will be able to schedule consulting appointments with other mentors, AAC&U TRHT team leaders, the national evaluators for TRHT Campus Centers, and experienced Racial Healing Circle facilitators.

Institute Campus Mentors

Marsha Darling, Adelphi University
Areas of expertise: Integrating TRHT into the curriculum; engaging with students - Racial Healing Circles; developing community partners; strategies for engaging key stakeholders; website design and content utilization

Yves-Rose Porcena, Agnes Scott College
Areas of expertise: Community partnerships; leadership buy-in; acknowledging our past; integrating TRHT into the curriculum; policies and practices of the institution; town-gown partnership; courageous conversations

Michael Nixon, Andrews University
Areas of expertise: Documenting the narrative on race of an institution/community; developing community partnerships; engaging students; facilitating Racial Healing Circles; integrating TRHT into the curriculum

Khayree WilliamsAustin Community College
Areas of expertise: Diversity, equity, inclusion work; advocacy for historically marginalized students; prioritizing diversity and inclusion in staff, faculty, and leaders; student development and programming

Tina Terry, Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Areas of expertise: Integrating TRHT into the curriculum; developing community partnerships; implementing student activities and student engagement

Jermaine PearsonBrown University
Areas of expertise: Student engagement; integrating TRHT into programs and curricula; establishing partnerships with internal stakeholders

Amy Omi, Dominican University 
Areas of expertise: Build community partnerships with stakeholders within and beyond the university; conduct Racial Healing Circles and Affinity Groups; develop TRHT paid internship and leadership positions for undergraduate students

Jayne IfekwunigweDuke University
Areas of expertise: Radical TRHT pedagogy; integrating the TRHT framework as an holistic approach to racial equity; mobilizing the arts and creativity as part of TRHT praxis; engaging alumni and senior leadership/administrators; collaborating within and across institutional siloes; narrative truth and interdisciplinarity

David EverettHamline University
Areas of expertise: Engaging students; integrating TRHT into community; incorporating TRHT into campus vision

Yerodin Lucas, Marywood University
Areas of expertise: Integrating TRHT into the curriculum; engaging students in racial healing work; providing training opportunities for faculty/staff on race and racism/equity and inclusion

Susan WomackMillsaps College
Areas of expertise: Developing community partnerships; fundraising; strategies for engaging key stakeholders

Wendy Sherman Heckler, Otterbein University
Areas of expertise: Developing community partnerships (especially with other educational institutions); getting administrative buy-in; engaging campus internal stakeholders - building support

Sharon StroyeRutgers University - Newark 
Areas of expertise: Engaging student in prison to school program; developing community partnerships; engaging/introducing TRHT framework to nonprofit organizations and local municipal governments for front-line personnel and service providers

Cynthia Neal SpenceSpelman College
Areas of expertise: Anti-racist pedagogy; critical race theory; sociology of racial socialization; cross-racial dialogue

J. Goosby SmithPepperdine University
Areas of expertise: Facilitating interfaith healing circles; gaining local attention for the work; supporting a community agency to do this work; working across campus siloes to engage in powerful research and institutional change

Teresa NeighborsUniversity of California Irvine
Areas of expertise: Integrating TRHT into the curriculum; developing community partnerships; engaging students; documenting the narrative

Kaiwipuni LipeUniversity of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Areas of expertise: Integrating TRHT into strategic planning and accreditation; grounding in Indigenous knowledge; creating TRHT curriculum

Eric FordUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
Areas of expertise: Service learning through a TRHT lens; community partnerships; youth and student leadership development

Elecia SmithUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville 
Areas of expertise: Engaging key stakeholders; developing community partnerships

Susan McCarterUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
Areas of expertise: Multi-site coordination; student leadership; mixed-method - quantitative and qualitative evaluation; timelines - racial inequity and racial equity

Institute Faculty, Co-Facilitators, and Speakers 

Victoria Christgau
Founder/Executive Director, Connecticut Center for Nonviolence

Gail Christopher
Executive Director, National Center for Health Equity and Founder, Ntianu Center for Healing & Nature

Jonathan Friedman
Director, Free Expression and Education, PEN America

Tia Brown McNair
Vice President for Diversity, Equity,  and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers, AAC&U

Jessica Estévez
President, Estrategia Group

Edwin Estévez
Co-Founder, Estrategia Group

Mee Moua
Racial Healing, Racial Equity Consultant

Lynn Pasquerella
President, AAC&U

Gwenn Weaver
Independent Consultant