Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers

AAC&U is leading the creation of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at higher education institutions across the country, supported by grants from Newman’s Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  The funding supports a multi-year effort to implement the first ten TRHT Campus Centers, which will be designed to engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community.

The ten institutions selected as the first TRHT campus centers through a competitive call for proposals are:

  • Austin Community College (TX)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Hamline University (MN)
  • Millsaps College (MS)
  • Rutgers University—Newark (NJ)
  • Spelman College (GA)
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (SC)
  • University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (HI)
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (MD)

The TRHT Campus Centers received an initial award to develop and implement visionary plans to uproot the conscious and unconscious biases and misbeliefs that have exacerbated racial violence and tension in American society.

The Campus Centers first convened in Washington, DC in September of 2017 during the TRHT Project Kickoff Meeting.  The campus teams and community partners came together to articulate their aspirations for their centers, to take part in healing circles, and to plan for the TRHT Institute. 

AAC&U convened the first annual TRHT Institute in January of 2018.  During the inaugural Institute, TRHT Campus Centers developed transformative action plans to advance racial healing on their campuses and in their communities.  In addition, attendees took part in topical workshops, cultural activities, including Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni’s performance of One Drop of Love, and visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Guests from 19 campuses also participated in the TRHT Institute.

View this AAC&U News article to learn more about the TRHT Institute and the TRHT Campus Centers.

In alignment with the focus areas of Newman’s Own Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation, AAC&U believes that the work of the first ten TRHT Campus Centers will empower people to live and to prosper in a civil and humane society that promotes full inclusion for everyone.  To work towards achieving that aim, a key outcome of this effort will be the development of a TRHT Campus Center Guidebook that will bring together the lessons learned by the first cohort of TRHT Campus Centers to guide the development of future TRHT Campus Centers.  The goal of this effort is for there to be 150 self-sustaining, community-integrated TRHT Campus Centers.  

Read more about the TRHT enterprise here.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor Gail Christopher talk about the significance of partnering to support racial and social justice through the TRHT enterprise.