Jessica HarrisA group of associate professors at SIUE hope to return from a trip to Philadelphia this week with a greater understanding of how to further race relations in the community. The group is attending the American Colleges and Universities’ Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers Summer Institute on the Villanova University campus.

Jessica Harris, SIUE interim assistant provost and associate professor in the Department of Historical Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences tells The Big Z the goal is to develop an action plan and proposal to develop a TRHT campus center at SIUE that will serve as a model for community-based racial healing and change in the St. Louis-Metro East region.

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At the institute, teams interested in learning more about the TRHT framework will join teams from the 10 current Campus Centers to develop transformative campus action plans focused on breaking down racial hierarchies.

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