Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers

AAC&U has been awarded a $520,000 grant over a three-year period from Newman’s Own Foundation and a $399,763 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at higher education institutions across the country.  

The grants support a multi-year initiative 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.

On August 16, AAC&U announced the ten institutions selected as the first TRHT campus centers, which 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 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.

As part of this initiative, AAC&U will convene the first annual TRHT Institute in January of 2018.  During the inaugural Institute, TRHT 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.

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.

View the press release to learn more about AAC&U's partnership with the Newman's Own Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation.

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.