Institutions large and small hope to learn from others at AAC&U sessions how they can help address systemic racism.
A group of 40 colleges and universities are ready to take the next step to fight systemic racism and build equity on their campuses and in their communities. Although most have already incorporated diversity, equity and inclusion into their strategic missions, they recognize that it may not be enough.
Thus, the cohort – along with 35 existing host institutions – will participate in the 2022 Institute for Racial Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers hosted virtually June 21-24 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. . There, they can forge their own action plans to ensure their campuses are open and welcoming while combating racism and injustice in American society.
Last year, more than 70 institutions participated in the annual event, and AAC&U is working toward its goal of having 150 self-sustaining, community-serving campus centers across the country.
Although many colleges and universities have made efforts to foster inclusion, raise awareness of racism, and create resources for all students, long-standing barriers to success remain for Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans – from the over-control of certain groups to the lack of high-paying jobs and health care to voting rights.
“The growing importance and need for truth, narrative change and racial healing is evident by the number of institutions that have chosen to attend the institute,” said Tia Brown McNair, vice president of the Institute. AAC&U for diversity, equity and the student. Success and Executive Director of TRHT Campus Centers. “We remain humbled that our colleagues continue to partner with us in this effort to build more just and equitable institutions and communities.”
Participants will create long-term strategies for their campuses within the five ideals of Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, which focus on narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law and economy. They will use their current plans to assess processes such as assessments, communications, engagement and sustainability.
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The goal is to uproot prejudice and inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers to advance justice and build more equitable communities. Although the group is set for this year, AAC&U welcomes partners who want to prepare future leaders invested in solving equity issues while creating value. Those interested in hosting future Campus Centers must participate in a TRHT Campus Center Institute, develop an action plan, commit to the ideals of THRT, and participate in “evaluation efforts and dissemination reporting.” Colleges can contact McNair for more information.
This year’s group of 40 new entrants includes:
Arkansas: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
California: Pomona State Polytechnic University; State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, Irvine Valley College, La Sierra University
Connecticut: University of Connecticut
Florida: Florida International University
Georgia: Emory University
Illinois: Benedictine University, Northeastern Illinois University
Indiana: Indiana University South Bend
Iowa: Wartburg College
Kansas: Kansas State University
Louisiana: Centennial College
Massachusetts: Mount Holyoke College, Westfield State University
Michigan: Wayne State University
Minnesota: University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts; University of Minnesota Rochester; The College of Saint Scholastica; North Hennepin Community College
Missouri: Missouri College and Career Success Network
Nebraska: University of Nebraska at Omaha
New York: Cornell University, Hofstra University; The State University of New York at Oswego; Monroe Community College
North Carolina: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ohio: Baldwin Wallace University
Oregon: Eastern Oregon University
Pennsylvania: Cheyney University, Franklin & Marshall College, Penn State Brandywine
Tennessee: The University of the South
Texas: Trinity University
Utah: Dixie State University, University of Utah
Vermont: historic college
Virginia: Hollins University
Washington: Bellevue College
The 35 host institutions that will participate are: Adelphi University, Agnes Scott College, Alamo Colleges District, Andrews University, Austin Community College, Bethel College, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, California State University-Long Beach, Dominican University, Georgia Highlands College, Holy Names University, Hope College, Loyola Marymount University, Marymount University, Marywood University, Mercer County Community College, Middlesex Community College, Montgomery College, Northern Illinois University, Northern Virginia Community College, Otterbein University, Pepperdine University, Prince George’s Community College, Queensborough Community College, Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers–Newark University, Seton Hall University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, St. Petersburg/Pinellas Higher Education for Race Equity, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Suffolk University, The Citadel, UC Davis Health, University of Hawai’i at Hilo , University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.