We Hold These Truths

TRHTWHTT_Cov_270.pngDismantling Racial Hierarchies,
Building Equitable Communities

Edited by Tia Brown McNair

Print Edition
$15 (AAC&U Members); $25 (Nonmembers)


Digital Edition (PDF)
$15 (AAC&U Members); $25 (Nonmembers)




What is higher education doing to confront racism, and how are colleges and universities promoting equity and racial healing on their campuses and in their communities?

We Hold These Truths reports on the ongoing work at ten trailblazing colleges and universities that are preparing the next generation of leaders to overcome the false belief in a hierarchy of human value and to build equitable communities. In partnership with AAC&U, these institutions have established dedicated campus centers to implement ambitious, visionary action plans for addressing the historical and contemporary effects of racism—on their campuses, in our communities, and for our nation. The action plans are organized around the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework and process developed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help communities heal and to produce actionable change.

The campus narratives included in We Hold These Truths provide a window on innovative and promising antiracism work now underway within higher education. And, more important, they present models and best practices emerging from AAC&U’s TRHT Campus Centers that can be adapted across higher education at colleges and universities of all types.  


Read an Excerpt

View the Table of Contents

To learn more about AAC&U’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers, CLICK HERE



Tia Brown McNair is vice president for diversity, equity, and student success at AAC&U and executive director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. McNair oversees funded projects and continuing AAC&U programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success. She also directs the annual AAC&U Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success and on TRHT Campus Centers. McNair is the author or coauthor of several publications, including most recently From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (Wiley, 2020).