[Blackstudies-l] AAC&U Selects 10 Institutions to be Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

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*Association of American Colleges & Universities*
*A Voice and a Force for Liberal Education*

*AAC&U Selects Ten Institutions as Sites for*

*Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers*



*Th**e first ten TRHT Campus Centers will engage and empower campus and
community stakeholders **to break down racial hierarchies for
transformative change*


The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced
today the ten institutions selected to serve as sites for the first Truth,
Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. With generous
support from Newman’s Own Foundation
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and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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AAC&U will guide the development of the TRHT Campus Centers as part of a
multi-year initiative to educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation
of leaders to advance justice and build equitable communities.



Through a competitive process
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institutions were selected based on their proposals’ ability to create
positive narratives about race, identify and examine current realities of
race relations in their communities, envision communities without
entrenched racial hierarchies, and pinpoint levers for change and key
individuals to engage. The institutions will receive an initial award of
$30,000 to develop and implement visionary plans that engage and empower
campus and community stakeholders to uproot the conscious and unconscious
biases and misbeliefs that have exacerbated racial violence and tension in
American society. Over the course of the multi-year project, AAC&U will
provide strategic direction to the Campus Centers with the support of the TRHT
advisory board
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a network of national advisors and experts.



The ten institutions selected as sites for the first TRHT Campus Centers
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)

“In the aftermath of the horrific, heartbreaking events in Charlottesville,
we must not be silent
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Instead, we must harness our collective intellectual, social, and financial
resources to transform words into action,” said AAC&U President Lynn
Pasquerella. “AAC&U is thrilled to partner with these first ten outstanding
institutions on our way to establishing 150 centers across the country to
ensure that higher education is playing a leadership role in promoting
racial and social justice.”



Teams from the selected institutions will participate in a kick-off TRHT
project meeting in September 2017 and attend AAC&U’s inaugural Truth,
Racial Healing & Transformation Institute in January 2018 in Washington,
DC. At the TRHT Institute, the Campus Centers will develop transformative
action plans to advance racial healing and will be involved in the creation
of a related guidebook to support the implementation of future TRHT Campus
Centers. This guidebook will be available to AAC&U’s network of more than
60,000 higher education leaders. In collaboration with AAC&U, Campus Center
teams will identify evidence-based strategies that support the vision of
the TRHT enterprise by working with an evaluation consultant to design a
framework for measuring progress. Teams will develop a sustainability plan
outlining strategies for securing funding from institutional and community
partners to ensure that the next generation of strategic leaders and
critical thinkers are prepared for and focused on dismantling the belief in
the hierarchy of human value.



“AAC&U received 125 applications for this first cohort of TRHT Campus
Centers,” said AAC&U Vice President Tia Brown McNair. “The high level of
interest and commitment from higher education institutions to engage in the
difficult, yet deeply necessary work to address racism within our
communities is, in itself, a hopeful step in the process of transforming
our country's racial narrative and preparing students to be change agents.”



Initiated in 2016 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, TRHT is a comprehensive,
national and community-based process to plan for and bring about
transformational and sustainable change
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and to address the historical and contemporary effects of racism. TRHT
seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious,
beliefs created by racism—the main one being the belief in a “hierarchy of
human value.” This absurd belief, which has fueled racism and conscious and
unconscious bias throughout American culture, is the perception of
inferiority or superiority based on race, physical characteristics, or
place of origin.



To learn more about AAC&U’s TRHT initiative and resources, visit
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To learn more about Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, visit:
http://healourcommunities.org
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To read AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella’s full statement regarding recent
events in Charlottesville, Virginia, visit: http://www.aacu.org/about/
statements/2017/charlottesville
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