The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Center
The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Framework
TRHT NATIONAL FRAMEWORK
RACIAL HEALING AND RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
Vision and Mission
Our 2022–2023 Team
Precious Porras, VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Amy Omi, Project Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Joyce Mojica, Counselor, Wellness Center
Tamara Bland, Interim Dean, Borra College of Health Sciences
Beronica Avila, Assistant Librarian, Learning Commons
Anthony (Tony) Dunbar, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies
Anne Deeter, Executive Director of Planning
Sharon Ryan, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Advancement
Core Team members meet twice a month and chair working groups focused on key TRHT action goals.
Stakeholders are staff, faculty, students, and community members interested in taking action to eliminate the effects of racism on campus and in the broader community. Stakeholders serve on working groups chaired by the Core team and meet once a month to build coalitions across departments and areas of interest.
Rx Racial Healing Circles, Marketing and Communication, Community Outreach, Budget and Resource Development, Curricular Engagement, Student Engagement, Evaluation, Affinity Groups, White Accountability Groups.
2022–2023 Action Goals
Action Plan Draft (pdf)
2020–2021 Action Report
2020–21 Action Report (pdf)
Rx Racial Healing Circles
Rx Racial Healing Circles are grounded in and inspired by sacred indigenous practice. They are an experiential process by which, through story-telling and deep listening, we can embrace our common humanity, learn to see ourselves in one another, and approach difficult issues and needed policy changes through the lens of empathy and compassion.
The purpose of an Rx Racial Healing Circle is to dismantle the false belief in a hierarchy of human value by:
- Providing opportunities to engage with perceived others for the purpose of building trust and deepening relationships.
- Enabling self-reflection and acknowledgment of one’s previously unquestioned assumptions and biases.
- Fostering positive learning and working environments.
- Elevating and deepening connection to one another's humanity.
Affinity Circles are grounded in and inspired by sacred Indigenous practices. They are a safe space where listening, openness, and confidentiality are valued. There is no hierarchy in the circle. Everyone enters freely as equal partners exploring our common humanity. Affinity Circles are meant to enable the expression of concerns and needs unique to an identity group, with the goal of fostering inclusivity and highlighting a range of experiences. Affinity circles offer an opportunity to build relationships and foster community.
White Accountability Groups
White Accountability Groups are for people who identify as white and/or have white skin privilege to explore how to recognize whiteness and white privilege, identify and interrupt internalized dominance, and collectively develop strategies for liberation and change. Small groups meet every semester for six sessions, over zoom, every other week on Mondays from 4:00–5:15 p.m.
Sign up to participate, contact Amy Omi
National Day of Racial Healing
Established in 2017, this day is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity, and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
For more information, visit the links below: