Changing the Racial Narrative Together
Welcome to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center (TRHT) at ACC, a partnership with our community to build cross-racial relationships that lead to racial healing and an exploration of ways to transform the college and community for greater inclusion and equity.
ACC is one of 10 universities nationwide to be named a campus center in a multi-year initiative to educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to break down racial hierarchies. Together, we are changing the racial narrative in Central Texas.
To create and distribute new complex and complete narratives that can influence people’s perspectives, perceptions, and behaviors about and toward one another.
To heal a societal racial divide requires recognition of the need to acknowledge the wrongs of the past while addressing the consequences of those wrongs.
To embrace racial healing and uproot the conscious and unconscious belief in a hierarchy of human value that limits equal access to education, employment, housing, and health care.
Vision, Mission, and Goals
ACC envisions a community where race, ethnicity, and other human differences are no longer predictors of success and well-being in any sector of the community. This includes the elimination of barriers (policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages) that reinforce differential outcomes by race.
The Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Center will focus on eliminating system-inflicted trauma and its long-term deleterious impacts on the community.
- Eliminate racial disparities and disproportionality in disciplinary outcomes across P-16 institutions.
- Eliminate racial disparities and disproportionality in academic outcomes across P-16 institutions.
- Eliminate racial disparities and disproportionality in regional criminal justice outcomes.
Beyond relationship-building, TRHT Center activities focus on changing the racial narrative at ACC and in Central Texas. More than two dozen community partners support the ACC TRHT Center.
- African American Youth Harvest Foundation
- Alliance of Community Trainers
- Austin Black Caucus
- Austin Independent School District
- Austin Justice Coalition
- Austin Police Department
- Austin Public Library
- BLF Foundation
- BRAVE Communities
- City of Austin Equity Office
- City of Austin Mayor’s Office
- Communities in Schools
- Community Advancement Network
- Counter Balance: ATX
- Courageous Conversations Georgetown
- Dialogue of the Southwest
- Education Equals Economic Alliance
- Elevate Evolution
- Excellence and Advancement Foundation
- Grassroots Leadership
- Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Huston-Tillotson University
- Impact Hub Austin
- Interfaith Action of Central Texas
- Leadership Austin
- Life Anew
- Proverbs 31 Consulting
- St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
- St. Edward’s University
- Texas After Violence
- Undoing White Supremacy Austin
- University of Texas, Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, Project MALES
- Wildflower Universalist Church
- YWCA of Austin
Join the conversation. Students, faculty, staff, and community partners are all co-creators in the Center’s learning experiences, which include workshops, film screenings, and racial healing circles. Events are held in more than a dozen locations around the region, including public libraries, public schools, community centers, city parks and recreation facilities, and ACC campuses.Back to Top