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ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center: Welcome
Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ACC and throughout Central Texas
A mural by artist, poet, and motivational speaker Brian Joseph has been completed at Austin Community College District’s (ACC) new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT). The large, colorful mural features the Bydee people, fictitious characters Joseph created 35 years ago to bring joy and happiness to the world. Bydee is an acronym for Bringing You Delightful Entertaining Experiences. Joseph’s art focuses on education and promotes diversity and positivity in general.
Austin Community College’s new Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Campus Center is on track to launch next spring, according to the program's director, Khayree Williams. Williams, who joined the district earlier this year, said the district has already begun offering programs to provide the tools and skills students, staff and community members need to navigate conversations about race and equity.
Nicholas Cicale | 7:29 PM Jun 22, 2020 CDT | Updated 7:29 PM Jun 22, 2020 CDT
ACC TRHT Vision Statement
Austin Community College (ACC) envisions a community where race, ethnicity, and other human differences are no longer predictors of success and well-being in any sector. The TRHT Campus Center will 1) be the community nexus for developing cross-racial relationship-building opportunities; 2) provide spaces for ongoing interactive learning experiences to promote the healing of wounds caused and exacerbated by racism; 3) promote healing through facilitated dialogues to excavate the history of racism and its current predictable impact on individuals and groups; 4) engage and convene communities to focus on assets, promote self-advocacy, and leverage partnerships to promote racial equity in systems; and 5) support institutional capacity-building through leadership development for accountability for racial equity.
Civil Society: The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center at Austin Community College
"I appeal to all of you to get into this great revolution that is sweeping this nation. Get in and stay in the streets of every city, every village and hamlet of this nation until true freedom comes, until the revolution of 1776 is complete."
~John Lewis, at the 1963 March on Washington
"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
~John Lewis, 2018
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– Barack Obama
“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”
~Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rabbi, Jewish theologian and philospher
"Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong.”
Dear Students, Faculty & Staff,
Many of you have heard about the recent state order affecting our LGBTQ community — in particular our transgender community. You may be worried about how this will impact you, your friends, or loved ones.
Austin Community College students represent all backgrounds. People come here seeking a better life. Being open and accessible to all is the very fabric of our mission. ...
"Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
This week, we begin classes for the summer 2020 semester amid a global pandemic and a growing national crisis. I usually send a welcome message at this point of the semester, but our reality demands something different. What is happening in our communities and across the nation cannot go unnoticed..."
The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Larry M. Davis as the college's new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CEDIO). The CEDIO will continue the college's work to address equity gaps at ACC.