Austin Community College (ACC) selected a site at its Rio Grande Campus to serve as the college's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. The multiyear initiative is designed to educate and examine the effects of racism, help communities heal, and produce actionable change.
"Building up the community is central to our mission at ACC," says Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm, ACC executive vice president of campus operations and public affairs.
"Education is going to be key to teaching people about history that they never learned and how to navigate change. We're excited to lead this work and be an organizing center in our community."
The college's TRHT Campus Center will be located in a storefront facility of the Rio Grande Campus parking garage. Planning 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.
ACC is one of 10 institutions nationwide selected to develop a TRHT Campus Center. Initiated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, TRHT is a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational change. The foundation, in partnership with Newman's Own Foundation, awarded ACC $30,000 to develop and implement its visionary plan.
To learn more about ACC's work toward equity, visit the president's webpage on equity or listen to the President's Podcast: Building Equity — Putting Ideas into Action.