In January 2020, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, in partnership with the W.K Kellogg Foundation and Newman’s Own named UCI as one of 13 new Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. The TRHT effort is aimed to help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value. TRHT is a comprehensive, national process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. By prioritizing inclusive, community-based healing activities and policy designs that seek to change collective community narratives and broaden the understanding that Americans have of their diverse experiences, the TRHT Framework is grounded in five pillars:

  • Narrative Change: Creating new narratives that can influence perspectives, perceptions and behaviors about and towards one another so we can work more effectively and productively towards community-based change
  • Racial Healing and Relationship Building: focusing on healing from the wounds of anti-Blackness, to build mutually respectful relationships across racial lines that honor and value each person’s humanity
  • Separation: Examining and finding ways to address segregation, colonization and concentrated poverty in neighborhoods to ensure equitable access to health, education and jobs
  • Law: Reviewing discriminatory civil and criminal laws and the public policies that come from them and recommending just solutions
  • Economy: Studying structured inequality and barriers to economic opportunities and recommending approaches that can create an equitable society

UCI’s Center for Truth & Racial Healing serves as a hub for collaborative racial justice and inclusion programs on campus and in the surrounding area. The center incubates and supports existing anti-racism research and work; provides resources toward racial justice; develops and supports a culture of racial healing and intergroup dialogue across campus units, divisions and departments; and expands collaborative community partnerships to support racial healing, equity and inclusion.

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