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ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center: Events

Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ACC and throughout Central Texas

Black History Month 2022

2023 Black History Month Events at ACC

This year’s theme is Black Resistance: How the movement shaped Black Representation, Diversity, and Identity. All events are sponsored by the College, the ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center, and the ACC African-American Cultural Center and the Office of Student Life.


National Day of Racial Healing 2023


January 17, 2023

TRHT Events at ACC:

January 17th: 
  • Culinary Demonstration: Foods of Religion Demo and Discussion  | 12-2 pm

  • National Day of Racial Healing with the Art Gallery Dept | 3-5 pm

  • ACC & APL RHC | 6-8 pm

January 18th: 
  • Mental Health Round Table Discussion | 2-3:30 pm

January 19th: 
  • Voting Rights Panel | 11 am to 12 pm 

  • ECHS Chalk Walk Art: “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Begins with Me!” | 2-3:30 pm 

  • Racial Healing Circle at RVS | 3-5 pm

January 20th: 
  • Leveling White Privilege | 11-12:30 pm 

  • ECHS Chalk Walk Art: “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Begins with Me!” | 2-3:30 pm

ACC National Day of Racial Healing 01/21/2020

National Day of Racial Healing participants give positive affirmations to each other during exercise.

ACC promotes racial equity through National Day of Racial Healing

The event was part of a national campaign to bring individuals together to share experiences for truth-telling and trust-building to lead to racial healing.

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Week 2022: It Takes Everyone!

To view recorded events, please visit the TRHT Week 2022 page.

Monday January 17, 2022

12:30-2pm - ACC Remember’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III! “When is it Right to Do What is Right!? When Do We Stand Up for Social Justice!?”

Tuesday January 18, 2022

1-2:30pm - National Day of Racial Healing : Impacting Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation through the Arts! Artist Talk and ACC Art Department Student Exhibit Unveiling

5:30-7:30pm - Austin Public Library and Austin Community College Present: Racial Healing Circle! Investing in Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Through Storytelling! For this event participants must rsvp and plan to attend the entire event from start to finish with their camera on.

Wednesday January 19, 2022

12-1:15pm - “Women of Color Succeeding in the Tech Industry!” Engage with local female tech leaders regarding the expansive opportunities in a field where women and people of color are underrepresented!

3-4:15pm - Student Government Association, Black Representation of Achievement through Student Success and TRHT Presents the “Will Smith Book Club Launch Party”. Join ACC students, faculty, and staff as we embark on monthly book discussions of Actor Will Smith’s latest book "Will". Receive a free book, and be impacted by the stories and growth shared via the international book club meetings and ACC community discussions.

Thursday January 20, 2022

3-4:30pm - An engaging panel discussion about "Mental Health and Healing in Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Circles".

Friday January 21, 2022

10am-11:30am - TLED/TRHT Keynote Speaker

12-1pm - Round Rock Early High School SideWalk Art “ Healing Requires Unity” Showcase!

2021 TRHT Week: Social Justice and Collaborative Change: The Time is Now




Monday, January 18, 2021 
12:30 - 2 p.m. | ACC Remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., - Life, Liberty & Legacy
2:30 PM-5:15 PM CST or 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM CST | MLK Celebration: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Virtual Circles Learn more and register

Tuesday, January 19, 2021   National Day of Racial Healing
10:30 a.m. - Noon | National Day of Racial Healing: Social Justice in Policing
1 - 2:30 p.m.  | National Day of Racial Healing: Performances of artistic expression 

Wednesday January 20, 2021 
11:30am-12:30pm | All-inclusive initiatives for people of color
1 - 2 p.m.  | TRHT & TLED Presents: Jane Elliot  - “Moving Beyond Implicit Bias to a Welcoming and Inclusive Campus Community” 
2 - 3 p.m. | Faculty-only Jane Elliot talk
3 - 4 p.m. | Woman Crush Wednesday: “Once you make her your WCW, now what?” 

Thursday, January 21, 2021 
11 a.m. - Noon | The Power of Solidarity: Unity of Austin Latinx Communities
12 - 1:30 p.m. | Staff/Faculty only Virtual RX Racial Healing Circle 
2 - 3:30 p.m. | Men of Color, How Are You Doing in 2020? 

Friday, January 22, 2021
11 a.m. - Noon | Mind Your Mental Health as a Social Justice Activist 
12 - 1:30 p.m. | Student only virtual RX Racial Healing Circle 

Click on MORE INFO to learn about and join the events.

ACC National Day of Racial Healing Showcase

Tuesday, January 21, 2020. 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at the ACC Highland Campus.  

Join us at at the ACC National Day of Racial Healing showcase. The event includes art, dance, music and spoken word.


ACC RX Racial Healing Circles

Description: The ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center hosts a trio of racial healing circles as part of National Day of Racial Healing.

Events at the following locations:

  • Cypress Creek Campus, Room 1108 | 9 a.m. - Noon
  • South Austin Campus, Room 1130 | 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Riverside Campus, Building G, Room 9114 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Registration is not required but encouraged: Register now


CommuniTEA & Conversation 2023 

Please join us for a series of gatherings aimed at supporting our Iranian Riverbats and others in our community with ties to Iran. These gatherings will provide a space for those impacted by the political violence in Iran to come together, build community and collective empowerment, and process the challenging developments taking place inside Iran. Each event will feature Persian tea and sweets, live music, and facilitated dialogue aimed at processing the collective trauma that is impacting the Iranian community at large.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2022 FROM 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Featuring musical guest, Mohammad Firoozi, who will lead us in singing emancipatory anthems both new and old.

TRHT Center 6101 Highland Campus Dr. | Building 4000, Room 4.2205 | Austin, Texas 78752

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 FROM 5:30-7:00 PM

In this session, participants will have an opportunity to come together and engage in yoga practice for stress reduction. This session will be led by Persian-speaking, Iranian American therapist Geeti Shirazi Mahajan.

TRHT Center 6101 Highland Campus Dr. | Building 4000, Room 4.2205 | Austin, Texas 78752

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2023 FROM 5:30-7:00 PM

In this session, Iranian poet Roja Chamankar will conduct a reading and poetry workshop for those in attendance.

TRHT Center 6101 Highland Campus Dr. | Building 4000, Room 4.2205 | Austin, Texas 78752

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023 FROM 6:00 - 8:00 PM

For our final event in this series we will take the opportunity to gather and celebrate the coming of Nowruz, the Iranian new year which corresponds with the arrival of Spring and serves as an eternal symbol of renewal and rebirth.  Participants will enjoy a dinner of Persian cuisine and live music and have an opportunity to reflect on their hopes and aspirations for the new year. 

6101 Highland Campus Dr.  | Building 4000, Room 1000.C (Student Commons) | Austin, Texas 78752

Past Events at ACC

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Lunar New Year Listening Session & Conversation | January 27, 11 a.m. 

The ACC Asian American and Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Officer of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the TRHT host a listening session at the ACC Flex Studio @ ACC Highland, Building 2000 (Room 2.1420). The event and conversation are aimed at supporting AAPI Riverbats and others with ties to Asian communities and offers a space to come together, build community, learn about the Lunar New Year (including its significance and meaning), and process the recent tragedy that unfolded at a Lunar New Year celebration in California. The event will include cultural teas and refreshments and facilitated dialogue. An ACC counselor also will be available for additional guidance and support. The event is free & open to the public. Space is limited. Please register early to reserve a seat. 


Juneteenth Celebration 2022

Come join LXSU as we partner up with BRASS and Truth Racial Healing Transformation Center at the Highland Campus as we have a pre-Juneteenth celebration on June 15th from 12:00 - 2:00 to celebrate the importance of the holiday, with a movie, food, and a discussion.

RSVP Here!

Juneteenth Celebration Summer (2021)



Friday, June 18 2021 at 10:00 AM to12:00 PM

Join Student Life from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for the premiere of our virtual Juneteenth celebration! This online event will include the opportunity to communicate and share thoughts with other ACC students, faculty, and staff, as well as community interviews, entertainment, and a reminder of the importance of Juneteenth! After the event, you will still be able to watch this video on the ACC Student Life Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, this event is opened to community members so feel free to invite friends!  

Click here for more information and to RSVP for the 2021 Juneteenth Festival at Austin Community College

TLED Workshop: Discover Your Blind Spots: Teach for All Students

Through exercises, discussions, and presentations, faculty will strengthen their knowledge of equitable practice. We will explore a framework that will improve retention and success of students from historically underserved communities. We will also discuss how to adapt teaching methods to engage students using equity designed principles.

Enroll for one of the following workshops:

2/14/2020   10:00 am - 12:00 pm   NRG 2242

2/19/2020   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  EVC 8106

3/4/2020    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm   HLC 1307

4/8/2020    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  RVC 8132

5/8/2020     10:00 am - 12:00 pm  CYP 1105


National Events

Black History Month

Celebrating Black History

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans to culture, society, and community. Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomes students, employees, and the community to commemorate the month through a series of hybrid and virtual events.

This year’s theme is ‘Black Health and Wellness: To Infinity & Beyond.’ All events are sponsored by the college, the ACC Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Center, and the ACC African-American Cultural Center. They are free and open to the community.

Tuesday, February 1st | Kickback Black: Kicking off BHM 2022

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.: Join members from ACC and the Greater Austin community to share and discuss your wit and knowledge of black history. This event will be facilitated by Roland Hayes, ACC professor and director of the ACC African American Cultural Center, and Corey Greathouse, coordinator of ACC’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

(Location: ACC Eastview Campus: African American Cultural Center & Zoom)

Tuesday, February 8th | Art Walk

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:Participants will immerse themselves in Black stories told through art. 

Facilitated by Darrell Merriweather, ACC senior advising specialist, and Sidne Campbell, ACC Career Pathways coordinator. 

(Location: Zoom) 

Wednesday, February 9th | Salon/Barbershop Talk: “BRUH” & “Girrll!”: Healthy Relationships

12:30 to 2 p.m.: This event focuses on the dynamics of healthy relationships in a safe space. Participants will join a multigenerational conversation covering a wide range of topics including strategies to build positive relationships and ways to avoid toxic relationships and behaviors. (Location: ACC Highland Campus: TRHT Center & Zoom

Thursday, February 17th | Black History Month Poetry Celebration

5-7 p.m.: Experience dynamic spoken word poetry celebrating Black History Month at ACC. There will be networking and giveaways for students. 

(Location: Zoom)

Tuesday, February 22nd | Living for the Future: Health and Wellness for Sustainable Living

12:30-2 p.m: Experience dynamic spoken word poetry celebrating Black History Month at ACC. There will be networking and giveaways for students. 

(Location: Zoom)

Additional events will be added throughout the month. 

For more information and to RSVP for any event, visit,

Black History Month with the ACC Office of Student Life

Black History Month 2021 : Future of Black America

This year’s BHM events will educate all on those of past and present within black culture. And empower a platform that will enrich and cultivate the future of Black America here at ACC. 

Kickback Black; Kicking off BHM 2021, Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
We invite everyone in the community to bring their smile, wit, and their knowledge of Black history to this virtual lounge!

Social Distancing Hour Discussion- The Future of Black America; How Do We Move On From Here?, Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We will explore the diaspora from all levels: ACC, the local Austin area, nationally, and globally; and address the inquiry of what we can do to move forward as a community after 2020.

Salon/Barbershop Talk: “Girrll” & “BRUH!”, Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This event will focus on the identity development of the Black community, with a challenging conversation that aims to tackle various questions that have permeated throughout Black culture.

“Get Your Weight Up!”- Being Black and Being in Business, Wednesday, February 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Three Black professionals will detail their unique journey to financial stability, how they are handling the financial turmoil of the pandemic, and share ways that they have begun to generate wealth.

Black History Month Kick-off & Cultural Heritage Festival - Eastview Campus

Thursday, February 6⋅11:00am – 1:30pm

Join us as we kick off Black History Month with black art, music, clothing and information regarding the importance of the right to vote.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Eastview Campus, Bldg. 2000, Student Lounge, Room 2158
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

All Black History Month events are free and open to the public.

Black History Month: East Austin Heritage Journey - Eastview Campus

Thursday, February 1311:00am – 1:30pm
This event will piece together a journey of the black population in Austin from the early settlement days until present day. A timeline will provide the linage of black culture and community in Austin.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Eastview Campus, Bldg. 2000, Student Lounge, Room 2158
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Black History Month: Man in Me Documentary Viewing and Panel Discussion
Friday, February 1412:30 – 4:15pm
Join us for the screening of Man in Me: The Documentary followed by a panel discussion including the film maker, Mr. Isaac Rowe.

Friday, February 14, 2020
AFS Cinema | 6259 Middle Fiskville Road
12:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Black History Month: Resiliency, Women & Wellness - Eastview Campus
Thursday, February 2011:00am – 1:30pm
This event, part of our Black History Month series, will discuss the well-being of women ranging from mental health and illness, physical and social well-being, economic wellness and more. Presentations for community organizations, and a panel discussion will provide insight and information on overcoming barriers and stereotypes.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Eastview Campus, Building 2000, African-American Cultural Center, Room 2133
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Black History Month: Diversity in Literary Voices of Texas - Riverside Campus
Saturday, February 2212:30 – 5:00pm
Join us as we discuss various topics related to the future of Black Journalism, Love/ Belonging, Art, Action and Justice.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Riverside Campus, Bldg. G, Auditorium (Room 8100)
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Black History Month: Trivia Contest - Northridge Campus
Tuesday, February 2511:00am – 1:30pm
Join us at the Northridge Campus as we celebrate Black History Month with a Trivia Contest. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Northridge Campus, Bldg. 1000, Student Life Lounge (Room 1112)
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Black History Month: Trivia, Showcase & Potluck - Eastview Campus
Thursday, February 2711:00am – 1:30pm
Description: Join us at our Black History month trivia contest, a showcase of artist talents and a variety of cultural foods.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Eastview Campus, Bldg. 2000, Student Lounge, Room 2158
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Black History Month: Community Extravaganza - Riverside Campus
Thursday, February 275:30 – 8:00pm

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