Rutgers University-Newark has been selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to develop and implement a Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center to ensure that the next generation of strategic leaders and critical thinkers is prepared for and focused on dismantling the belief in the hierarchy of human value. Supported through funding from Newman's Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Rutgers University-Newark will work with AAC&U to establish the TRHT Campus Center to address the goals and objectives of the W.K Kellogg Foundation's TRHT process. Rutgers University-Newark received an initial award of $30,000 to develop and implement visionary plan that will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to uproot the conscious and unconscious biases and misbeliefs that have exacerbated racial violence and tension in American society. The initial grant for $30,000 was awarded by AAC&U and is supported through funding from Newman's Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In collaboration with nine other TRHT Campus Center teams- and with guidance and strategic direction from AAC&U- the TRHT Campus Center team at Rutgers University- Newark will identify evidence- based strategies that support the vision of the TRHT process and design a framework for measuring progress.https://www.aacu.org/newmans-own-wkkf
My Racial Healing.
The goal of the TRHT enterprise is to create a positive narrative about race in the community; to promote racial healing activities on campus and in the community; and to erase structural barriers to equal treatment and opportunity within the economic, legal, educational, and residential components of the community. Taking that into consideration, what is your vision for a community in which a belief in a racial hierarchy has been jettisoned?
We envision a vital and enduring alliance between the City of Newark and Rutgers University-Newark (Rutgers-Newark) in which our anchor initiatives to dismantle racial hierarchy and urban inequality are informed, felt, and embraced, by all of Newark's diverse communities in neighborhoods across the entire city.
Together with residents and leadership of the Newark, we can imagine a confident and thriving city where people connect across racial, ethnic, class, and other lines in dynamic and engaging ways, so that all the City's residents can live up to their full potential. We strive to do all that we do in partnership with our city, eschewing the traditional notion that expertise resides in the academy, and embracing the notion that expertise resides in the collective knowledge and wisdom of communities where people,with and without traditional pedigrees, pool their knowledge and experiences to form "communities of experts." Our vision springs from this deep commitment to education as democratic practice. We believe that racial healing and transformation is possible in Newark. But achieving this requires not only ameliorative strategies, but also ubiquitous knowledge and acknowledgment of historical antecedents and enduring institutional racism and privilege, and reproducing inequalities.
Executive Director, Mentor