Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Black History Month means to them.
Meet Khayree O. Williams, M.Ed., the founding director of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT). He builds bridges between communities by listening to learn.
I truly believe that ACC is for everyone and plays a vital role in providing educational access for our community!
Black history is America's history; however, we have not done a great job of integrating its importance into K-12 and higher education curriculum. This leaves students having to do the work and research on their own to be informed citizens!
I am most proud of my current role as the new founding director of our soon to launch Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center. This is a reflection of ACC's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students and to contributing to the work that exists in the Austin community!
I have learned that regardless of our race, ethnicity, or cultural background, it is important to understand that we have all been impacted by biased and stereotyped thinking.
It is important that we are all committed to doing the intentional work of growing in the area of cultural competency to make our organizations, communities, and the world a better place!
I believe it is more important to be present and listen to learn versus talking.
The sacrifices of my family and ancestors motivate me to be excellent, to contribute to my lineage and family's future!