Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) program is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. This program was created by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in an attempt to unearth and address the deeply held and subconscious beliefs created by racism.

Millsaps was one of ten colleges and universities across the country selected in 2017 by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) to create a campus where all students, faculty and staff are aware of and thoughtful about our shared history, where the struggle for racial equality is understood and translates into a commitment to eradicate racism, and where members of the campus and broader community work together to dismantle racial hierarchies and transform existing racial narratives to reflect truth and promote healing.

TRHT is guided by a Campus Leadership Team comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members who guide planning, action and evaluation. Our priorities and strategies are driven by the community. Individuals across racial and ethnic identities, and from various walks of life, experiences, vocations and levels of influence, work together in teams aligned with the pillars of the Kellogg Foundation Framework:

NARRATIVE CHANGE
The Narrative Change Team creates educational opportunities for a shared understanding of history and race, often as it relates to local and national practices and policies. Additional activities include documenting and distributing inclusive storytelling from marginalized communities and challenging incomplete versions of racial history and contemporary narratives that perpetuate stereotypes.

  • Visiting speakers, forums, and lectures
  • Curriculum development and classroom integration
  • National Day of Racial Healing
  • Book clubs
  • Films
  • Narrative collections

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING & HEALING
The Racial Healing & Relationship Building Team creates brave spaces for honest conversations and shared learning about race and racism within and across racial identities. The Team provides relationship and trust-building activities, such as racial healing circles, that bring people together and reaffirm the humanity in all of us.

  • Circle of Hope
  • Dialogue Circles
  • Affinity Circles
  • Social gatherings
  • United Methodist Conference partnership

 

BEYOND SEPARATION (developing)
The Beyond Separation Team is building a coalition of community members, activists, and campus / community leaders to address policy and practices that serve as barriers to opportunity and equity in the community. The Team has identified (example: faculty / staff hiring practices) as priority focus areas and is working to develop partnerships and sustainable solutions to eliminate disparities.

  • Voter registration
  • Get out the Vote

We all can and should play a role in creating a more inclusive and equitable community. We encourage community members and organizations to take ownership of the TRHT principles and weave them into the fabric of the community, embedding TRHT in all aspects of the work we do alone and in collaboration with one another.

 

Current Projects & Activities:

My Story Mondays
In partnership with the student newspaper, the Purple & White, TRHT sponsors a weekly column encouraging students, faculty, staff, and alumni to submit short essays telling their racial story.

Circle of Hope
A Circle of Hope event involves bringing a group of individuals together to share individual stories through honest, heartfelt conversations. A Circle lifts what unites us rather than what divides us, while discovering, respecting and honoring the unique experiences of each person. A trained Circle practitioner or a pair facilitates the circle, leading with questions and reflections that provoke conversations.

National Day of Racial Healing
TRHT hosts this annual campus wide event on Tuesday after MLK Day to bring focus to the progress that has been made in racial equity and the continued work that is required for healing and transformation.

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Interested in being involved with TRHT? Contact us:

Susan Womack

Michael Pickard

Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton

John Sewell

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