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Holy Names University to Participate in Institute on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers

TRHT Campus Institute

Holy Names University has been selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2021 Virtual Institute on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers from June 22-25, 2021.

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers

The TRHT effort is a national, community-based initiative launched by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that seeks to address the historical and contemporary impacts of race and racism within our communities. Each TRHT Campus Center prioritizes expansive, community-based healing activities that seek to change collective community narratives and broaden the understanding of our diverse experiences.

According to AAC&U, TRHT Campus Centers pursue the shared goal of preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers to break down racial hierarchies and to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value. Each center implements its own visionary action plan, based on the TRHT framework, to promote racial healing through campus-community engagement.

The AAC&U Institute on TRHT Campus Centers

The AAC&U Institute on TRHT Campus Centers is designed both to support the ongoing work of existing centers and to introduce the TRHT effort for institutions interested in hosting a new campus center.

HNU’s Campus Team

The team from Holy Names University will attend the 2021 Virtual Institute on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers to learn more about the TRHT framework and facilitating Rx Racial Healing™ Circles. The group will also explore the possibility of hosting a new campus center at HNU. Representing HNU are:

Laura Lyndon, VP for Student Affairs
Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Dr. Anastasia Prentiss, Professor of Communications
Freddy Gutierrez, Director of the Center for Social Justice & Civic Engagement, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Jamir Graham, undergraduate student
Selina Wilson, HNU’s Community Partner and VP of Organizational Effectiveness at the East Oakland Youth Development Center

Campus Team Outcomes

  • Develop a comprehensive action plan to achieve TRHT goals
  • Design and facilitate Rx Racial Healing Circles™
  • Become a part of the growing, national TRHT Campus Centers network
  • Become eligible to host a TRHT Campus Center

Says VP for Student Affairs Laura Lyndon, We are thrilled to be attending this institute, joining teams from institutions across the country in furthering the work of dismantling racial hierarchies, promoting racial healing, and developing a plan for transformative action. We look forward to bringing back tools for addressing inequities and promoting racial justice both on our campus and in collaboration with the Oakland community.

See AAC&U press release for more information.