Restorative Practices and Action
Campus Centers for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers develop and implement visionary action plans to engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to identify and disrupt biases as a means of preparing current and future generations of leaders and thinkers to build more equitable communities.
Rutgers University–Newark established a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center as one of ten inaugural campus centers selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) with funding from the W.K. Kellogg and Newman's Own Foundations in 2017.
The TRHT Center at Rutgers–Camden is part of a nationwide community-based initiative based on a framework developed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was further supported through a grant sponsored by AAC&U. The goal of the TRHT at Rutgers–Camden is to assist the campus and local community in leading transformational change that dismantles structures, behaviors, and biases rooted in racism and oppression.
National Day of Racial Healing
The National Day of Racial Healing provides universities and communities to reflect on how people and organizations work together on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Established in 2017, the National Day of Racial Healing fosters opportunities for all people to explore and interrogate their common humanity and inspire individual and collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
The observance was created, in part, by Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) community partners. Central to this day is an understanding the racial healing is core to racial equity. This day is observed on the Tuesday immediately following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The TRHT at Rutgers-Newark hosts an annual Week of Racial Healing from January 18-25, 2022.
Learning and Engagement
Consider a few of the following resources for continued learning and engagement:
The Little Book on Racial Healing: Committing to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes
The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese Singh
Racial Reconciliation by Racial Equity Tools
Addressing Trauma and Healing by Racial Equity Tools
Restoring to Wholeness: Racial Healing for Ourselves, Our Relationships and Our Communities by Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation