Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center
In August 2017, Hamline was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to be one of ten universities nationwide to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. This selection came with a $30,000 grant to create a campus center, which will, in accordance with AAC&U, “be designed to engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community.”
Through a competitive process, institutions were selected based on the ability of their proposals to create a positive narrative about race, identify and examine current realities of race relations in their communities, envision communities without entrenched racial hierarchies, and pinpoint levers for change and key individuals to engage. Hamline is proud to be at the forefront of such a vital endeavor.
“Hamline has long taken the lead in matters of race, justice, inclusion, and equity. We are so pleased the AAC&U has recognized this legacy and will help support our future vision and efforts in these areas. Events in Minnesota and across the nation have shone a spotlight on how much work is yet to be done. These events have also emboldened our work and reignited our commitment to bring communities together to educate, empower, and enact real and lasting change,” said Hamline President Fayneese Miller.
Hamline University’s vision for a TRHT Campus Center is to create inclusive convening spaces for intergroup conversation, dialogue, and learning that incorporates conversation into individual and institutional action to create sustainable change for racial understanding and equity. The center aims to reconcile competing historical and contemporary racial narratives that encompass varied individual and collective truths and lived experiences. Working collaboratively with people, groups, and organizations in the community, the center will investigate knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes that build and sustain intersectional discovery, practice, and transformative healing.
These foundational pillars support this vision and guide the work:
- Recognition of past and present injury and injustice based on racial hierarchy and white supremacy
- Collaboration with and connection between historically marginalized and historically empowered communities to uncover and renegotiate dominate narratives and “truths”
- Creation of strategies for sustainable reconciliation, restoration, and healing for individuals, institutions, communities, and society
To read more about Hamline’s TRHT initiative, see:
- Higher Education’s Role in Promoting Racial Healing and the Power of Wonder (Association of American Colleges and Universities)
- Hamline University Wins Grant to Build Racial Healing Center (Associated Press)
- Hamline University to Create Minnesota’s First Racial Healing Center (Fox 9)
- Hamline University Wins Grant to Build Racial Healing Center (U.S. News & World Report)
- Hamline University to Build Center for “Racial Healing,” with Help of $30K Grant (Star Tribune)
- Editorial: At Hamline, Engaging Tough Questions (Pioneer Press)
- AAC&U Issues College Grants to Promote Racial Healing (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
- Hamline Picked to Open Racial Healing Center (Post Bulletin / MPR News)
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