Welcome to the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center (TRHT) at ACC, a partnership with our community to build cross-racial relationships that lead to racial healing and an exploration of ways to transform the college and community for greater inclusion and equity.
ACC is one of ten universities nationwide to be named a campus center in a multi-year initiative to educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to break down racial hierarchies. Together, we are changing the racial narrative in Central Texas.
To create and distribute new complex and complete narratives that can influence people’s perspectives, perceptions, and behaviors about and toward one another.
To heal a societal racial divide requires recognition of the need to acknowledge the wrongs of the past while addressing the consequences of those wrongs.
To embrace racial healing and uproot the conscious and unconscious belief in a hierarchy of human value that limits equal access to education, employment, housing, and health care.
Austin Community College (ACC) envisions a community where race, ethnicity, and other human differences are no longer predictors of success and well-being in any sector of the community. This includes the elimination of barriers (policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages) that reinforce differential outcomes by race.
The Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Center will focus on eliminating system-inflicted trauma and its long-term deleterious impacts on the community.
Beyond relationship-building, activities at the ACC TRHT Center focus on changing the racial narrative at ACC and in Central Texas. Events are held in more than a dozen locations around the region, including public libraries, public schools, community centers, city parks and recreation facilities, and ACC campuses. More than two dozen community partners support the ACC TRHT Center.
Students, faculty, staff, and community partners are all co-creators in the Center's learning experiences, which include workshops, film screenings, and racial healing circles. Events are held in more than a dozen locations around the region, including public libraries, public schools, community centers, city parks and recreation facilities, and ACC campuses.