Press Release

Fifty-Two Institutions Selected to Participate in AAC&U Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

AAC&U announced today the fifty-two higher education institutions selected to participate in the 2023 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. Thirty-one of the participating institutions serve as host sites for existing TRHT Campus Centers; an additional twenty-one institutions will send teams to learn more about the TRHT framework and facilitating Racial Healing Circles and to explore their interest in hosting new campus centers. The institute will be held virtually June 27–30.

“As AAC&U continues to advance the TRHT effort within US higher education, we’re thrilled to partner with the participants in this year’s institute,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We look forward to learning from and supporting their efforts to promote racial equity and healing on their campuses and in their communities.”

Hosted by colleges and universities, and in partnership with AAC&U, TRHT Campus Centers pursue the shared goal of preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers to break down racial hierarchies and to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value. Each center implements its own visionary action plan, based on the TRHT framework, to promote racial healing through campus-community engagement. The AAC&U Institute on TRHT Campus Centers is designed both to support the ongoing work of existing centers and to provide an introduction to the TRHT effort for institutions interested in hosting a new campus center.

“The TRHT effort focuses on deep understanding of our common humanity and interconnectedness to promote change and healing to eliminate conscious and unconscious beliefs in a hierarchy of human value. Given the growing divides in our country, this mission is more important than ever,” said Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers.

The institute curriculum is focused on developing and refining transformative action plans to advance the five components of the TRHT framework: narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and economy. Together, these five areas encompass the individual, communal, and systemic structures that perpetuate arbitrary divisions based on race. Leaders and changemakers from existing TRHT Campus Centers serve as mentors and work closely with teams during the institute. The development and refinement of campus action plans culminate in an opportunity for discussion and feedback from mentors, participants, evaluators, and the AAC&U TRHT team. Concurrent workshops are offered as learning opportunities for participants throughout the institute.

Teams from the following institutions will participate in the 2023 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Antioch University
  • Austin College
  • Bard College
  • Baylor University
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, San Bernadino
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Dominican University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Green River College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • National University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Skidmore College
  • State University of New York at Geneseo
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Delaware
  • Washington University
  • Whittier College

Teams from the following institutions currently hosting TRHT Campus Centers will also participate in the 2023 institute:

  • Adelphi University
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Alamo Colleges District
  • Austin Community College
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Benedictine University
  • Bethel College
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • George Mason University
  • Hope College
  • Kansas State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Marymount University
  • Marywood University
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Missouri College and Career Attainment Network
  • Montgomery College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Otterbein University
  • Prince George's Community College
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. Petersburg Truth, Racial Helaing and Transformation Center
  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • UC Davis Health
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hawai'i Manoa
  • University of Hawai'i Hilo
  • University of Mount Union

Learn more about the AAC&U Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers.

About AAC&U

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the democratic purposes of higher education by promoting equity, innovation, and excellence in liberal education. Through our programs and events, publications and research, public advocacy, and campus-based projects, AAC&U serves as a catalyst and facilitator for innovations that improve educational quality and equity and that support the success of all students. In addition to accredited public and private, two-year, and four-year colleges and universities and state higher education systems and agencies throughout the United States, our membership includes degree-granting higher education institutions in more than twenty-five countries as well as other organizations and individuals. To learn more, visit