[Blackstudies-l] AAC&U Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Centers

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Mar 23 19:38:50 EDT 2017


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*AAC&U Receives Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Develop Centers
for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Higher Education Institutions*

The Association of American Colleges and Universities
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(AAC&U) announced today that it has received a $399,763 grant from the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to support the initial development of ten Centers
for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at higher education
institutions across the country. The Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT enterprise
is a comprehensive effort, implemented nationally and in local communities,
to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to
address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

The contribution of the Centers to TRHT will be to engage and empower
campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies, to
create positive narratives about all members of the community, and to
prepare the next generation of strategic leaders to carry this work forward.

AAC&U will provide strategic direction to support the development of the
Centers, including the creation of a related guidebook to support
implementation, as well as launching a TRHT Institute to assist campuses in
the development of transformative action plans to advance racial healing.
The TRHT Institute is planned to be held in Washington, DC, in early 2018.

“The TRHT enterprise responds to the ways racism has affected our ability
to know, relate to, and value one another and helps us address our biggest
challenges so that all children, families, and communities have
opportunities to thrive,” said Dr. Gail C. Christopher, senior advisor and
vice president for TRHT at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “College campuses
offer a productive place to examine and confront the deeply held, and often
unconscious, beliefs created by racism. The Kellogg Foundation is
optimistic that AAC&U will bring together critical thinkers and our next
generation of strategic leaders to help us all abandon the belief in a
hierarchy of human value and transform our society for the future.”

AAC&U will issue a specific call for proposals for institutions to submit
applications to serve as hosts for the TRHT Centers in select cities later
in 2017, working in coordination with the Kellogg Foundation’s other TRHT
community-based and national efforts. Through this initiative, AAC&U seeks
to help educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to
advance justice and build inclusive communities.

“We are honored to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in advancing
racial and social justice through higher education leadership,” said AAC&U
President Lynn Pasquerella. “Bridging the divide between research and
scholarship taking place at colleges and universities and the lived
experience of individuals and communities beyond the gates of academia is
more important than ever. We look forward to working together to create an
ascendant narrative that destabilizes hierarchies based on race and other
contingencies of birth.”

AAC&U is a partner in WKKF’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
enterprise, launched in January 2016, and reflects the association’s
ongoing mission-level commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive
excellence. AAC&U’s efforts related to TRHT are also supported by funding
from the Newman’s Own Foundation, announced
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earlier this year.

“As we implement the vision of the TRHT enterprise, we realize that our
success depends on our strategic and sustainable partnerships guided by our
shared goals and commitment to eliminating the barriers that continue to
divide us,” said AAC&U Vice President Tia Brown McNair. “AAC&U looks
forward to working with all partners interested in translating the vision
of truth, racial healing and transformation into reality.”

To learn about AAC&U’s TRHT initiative and resources, see:
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To learn more about the Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT enterprise, see:
https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/truth-racial-healing-
transformation#partners
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*About AAC&U*

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality,
vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its
members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to
all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career.
Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,400 member
institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community
colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every
type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among
presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in
institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the
collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both
the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the
quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to
meet new economic and social challenges.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found
at www.aacu.org
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*About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation*

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent,
private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is
among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by
the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive,
WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so
they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life. The
Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout
the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes.
Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high
concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to
success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New
Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For
more information, visit www.wkkf.org
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