National Day of Racial Healing 2021

To mark the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) on January 19, AAC&U calls on colleges and universities across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in our society.  

NDORH National Broadcast TRHT Campus Centers 


The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people and organizations to come together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world. NDORH is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort—a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historical and contemporary effects of racism.

“Fostering racial and social justice is central to AAC&U’s mission of advancing liberal education, quality, and equity in service to democracy. All institutions of higher education must embrace the public purpose of higher education by addressing issues of moral and civic responsibility. Identifying the ways in which structural racism is perpetuated and eliminating the belief in a hierarchy of human value are integral to the civic dimensions of liberal education as a force for public good.” Lynn Pasquerella, AAC&U President


In partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort, AAC&U works with higher education institutions across the country to develop self-sustaining, community-integrated TRHT Campus Centers. Organized around the five pillars of the TRHT framework—narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and economy—the centers seek to prepare the next generation of leaders to confront racism and to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value.  


Watch this virtual message by Gail C. Christopher, Ph.D. on the National Day of Racial Healing, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET.



Spark truth-telling racial-healing conversations on your campus. We encourage colleges and universities to plan and promote NDORH activities unique to each institution’s mission and context. Discover what some TRHT Campus Centers are doing to promote NDORH on January 19.

Agnes Scott College
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Week With Keynote Speaker Loretta Ross
ASC Counseling and Psychological Services Healing Space

As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Commemorative Week, we will host Agnes Scott Alumna, Loretta Ross ’07. Ross is the author of the forthcoming book Calling in the Calling Out Culture, and visiting associate professor at Smith College. She will deliver a keynote address entitled, “Beloved Community: Calling In as an Agnes Scott Feminist Leader.”

The Agnes Scott College Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center will host a healing space in collaboration with Penn State University and Elon College. In this space, they will focus on dialogue and meditation to center racial healing.

Austin Community College
National Day of Racial Healing: Performances of Artistic Expression
As part of Austin Community College’s 2021 Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Week (January 18 –January 22), this National Day of Racial Healing event will engage participants in learning about equity and justice through the lens of various forms of artistic expression from faculty, students, staff and community artists, musicians, dancers, poets and spoken word artists. For more information about Austin Community College’s TRHT week, please CLICK HERE.

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
The Citadel will host a virtual city-wide interfaith Rx Racial Healing Circle in cooperation with The Sophia Institute’s Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative.

Dominican University (IL)
Dominican University, along with the St. Luke Parish Committee for Peace and Justice and the Maywood Public Library, will honor Dominican students engaged with social justice and participate in Racial Healing Circles. RSVP HERE

Millsaps College
Talking Truth: The Path to Healing
Millsaps faculty and alumni will lead a panel discussion focused on truth telling in light of events of 2020 and more recently, the Capitol insurrection.  What role does truth have on our path to healing?  How can we achieve transformation while living in different realities?  We believe these difficult questions and conversations are at the heart of creating a more just and equitable world –and conversations that have to be had over and over again as events in our communities, states, and nation unfold. This virtual event will air Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.  Join the event via Facebook.  

Rutgers UniversityNewark
Racial Healing in L.O.V.E: Lifting Our Voices through Education
In recognition of the 5th Annual National Day of Racial Healing, the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Rutgers University –Newark will host a day of virtual activities and events for faculty, staff, students, residents, and organizations in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey highlighting the importance of healing through education, awareness, and engagement. This event will live stream on January 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and InstagramCLICK HERE to learn more .

Spelman College
Spelman College will host the fourth in a series of small group discussions with a cross-racial group of women, with Dr. Cynthia Spence serving as the convener. The discussion will take place the evening of January 19th. These discussions have followed most of the principles of racial healing circles. With such a diverse group, the Touchstones have been very important. These discussions began soon after the most recent election and have continued. We have discussed anti-racist ideology and the prospects for racial healing by highlighting texts that attempt to move us toward a more anti-racist society. Subject area experts and women working in the corporate environment are members of the discussion group. The group will be sharing readings and reflections.

In addition, Spelman will partner with the University of Maryland, Baltimore for a Racial Healing Circle on January 19th. Our Program Coordinator, Pamela Stegall will co-lead the Racial Healing Circle with the University of Maryland.

Lastly, the Spelman TRHT campus center will conduct a racial healing circle with representatives of private independent schools in Atlanta on January 22, 2021. Dr. Cynthia Spence will serve as the convenor for this event. 

University of Arkansas 
In honor of the National Day of Racial Healing, the IDEALS Institute at the University of Arkansas will host its inaugural convening of a newly-formed TRHT Diversity Leaders cohort. The TRHT cohort will engage over a 5 month period and kick off with a racial healing circle on January 19th.  The Institute will also use its social media platforms and community partners to create awareness and inspire campus and community participation in the NDORH national broadcast.

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing
The TRHT Campus Center at the University of Cincinnati and All-In Cincinnati will host a city-wide virtual event to engage in racial healing. Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing will be on January 19, 2021 from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This celebration is designed for you to engage when and where you’d like. We will feature a keynote by Dr. Gail Christopher, lunch time yoga and meditation, an interactive workshop on radical empathy and so much more! We hope you will join our efforts for racial healing in our community! View the full schedule and/or register for this event.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
As a unified front, UMBC leadership—including President Freeman Hrabowski, Provost Philip Rous, and shared governance leaders—are signing a letter to Maryland’s Congressional delegation in support of a Congressional Resolution, which calls for the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT). 

In addition to the letter signed by campus leaders, UMBC community members have an opportunity to write to their own senators and representatives about the TRHT resolution. An online event on January 19 will provide additional information about the goal of the TRHT resolution and the work of Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation at UMBC.