About the TRHT Center

Launched in 2016, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. It seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism – the main one being the belief in a hierarchy of human value. Learn more.

The TRHT Campus Centers received an initial award to develop and implement visionary plans to uproot the conscious and unconscious biases and misbeliefs that have exacerbated racial violence and tension in American society. Learn more.

National Project Goals

  1. to advance racial equity and build equitable communities;
  2. to create positive narratives about race;
  3. to identify and examine current realities about race relations in communities;
  4. to envision communities without entrenched racial hierarchies;
  5. to promote racial healing activities on campus and in communities
  6. to pinpoint levers for change.

Location

Austin Community College selected a site at its Rio Grande Campus to serve as the college's TRHT Campus Center. It will be located in a storefront facility of the Rio Grande Campus parking garage.

Year 1 Accomplishments

  • Organization of steering committee & subcommittees
  • Leveraged resources to offer Beyond Diversity in Central Texas & ACC’s Equity Leadership Orientation 2.0
  • Engaged more than 60 partners in the initial planning process
  • Engaged more than a dozen students to lead subcommittees and actively participate in assessment, planning and training work
  • Held 21 Racial Healing Circles to expand the anti-racist community
  • Began training Racial Healing Circles facilitators
  • Researched the Racial History of Central Texas
  • Recorded 90 Racial Healing Stories from the community, students, staff & faculty
  • Drafted the Community Leadership Collaborative Curriculum

Next Steps

Planning for the development of the ACC TRHT Campus Center is currently underway. During development, the college will continue to host engagement opportunities with the community including regular conversations and monthly gatherings of students, families, and community leaders.