Bard College Selected to Host a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center
“Inclusive Excellence at Bard aims to empower students, faculty, and staff to explore their intersectional identities to holistically develop their own inclusive practice,” said Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Bard College, Claudette S. Aldebot. “Establishing a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center at Bard will provide us the perfect opportunity to foster and enhance our commitment to inclusive excellence and racial justice while also expanding our efforts beyond Annandale. We are excited to work with Bard Network partners through the TRHT framework. The work of inclusion belongs to us all and we are eager to move forward.”
Through its TRHT Campus Center, Bard will continue to expand this work by providing, for example, Rx Racial Healing Circles in which participants share personal stories to open dialogue in action and connect to our shared humanity. Rx Racial Healing Circles will include not just the undergraduate College but also the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program and the Bard Early Colleges in the Mid-Hudson region.
“We’re thrilled to partner with these four new host institutions,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella, “and we look forward to supporting their efforts to promote racial equity and healing on their campuses and in their communities.”
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers play a vital role in the national TRHT effort to address historical and contemporary effects of racial inequities by building sustainable capacity to promote deep, transformational change. With the shared goal of preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers to build equitable and just communities by dismantling the false belief in a hierarchy of human value, each campus center uses the TRHT framework to implement its own visionary action plan for creating new narratives about race, bias, and difference in their communities and promoting racial healing and relationship building through campus-community engagement.
Beginning in 2017 with an inaugural cohort of centers at 10 AAC&U member institutions, the TRHT Campus Centers effort has grown into a dynamic and diverse network of host institutions, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, HBCUs, minority-serving institutions, faith-based institutions, and large research universities. The goal of AAC&U’s TRHT Campus Centers effort is to partner with higher education institutions to develop at least 150 self-sustaining, community-integrated centers. The four newest centers—Bard College, Antioch University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Elizabethtown College—bring the total number of TRHT partner institutions to 71.
Launched by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort seeks to help communities embrace racial healing and eliminate conscious and unconscious beliefs in a hierarchy of human value. The TRHT effort promotes inclusive and community-based healing activities and policy designs that seek to change community narratives and broaden the understanding of diverse experiences among people. More information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT effort can be found here.
Post Date: 02-12-2024