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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
The Austin Community College District (ACC) is one of 10 institutions nationwide initially selected to serve as a site for a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center.
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.
"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..."
"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
"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
“To really realize this vision of a unifying effort is going to take work. And that is the work that we call healing, or racial healing work. That’s the work of coming together as human beings and finding, as Albert Einstein would say, ways to see ourselves in the face of the other. Ways to increase our capacities for empathy and compassion and ways to expand our circles of human compassion and engagement.”
~ Dr. Gail Christopher
- former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), visionary and architect of the WKKF-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America.
“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.”
Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King, Jr. share a good laugh!
Source: “My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance" by Harry Belafonte.
Civil Society: The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center at Austin Community College
What are Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers?