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Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center Opens at Dana Library

December 10, 2018
Library director Consuella Askew speaks at the TRHT Center opening.

TRHT Centers create safe spaces where communities can engage with issues surrounding the effects of racism.

John Cotton Data Library is now one of four Newark sites to serve as Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers, Rutgers–Newark announced recently.

TRHT Campus Centers is a comprehensive, national, and community-based initiative developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and funded by Newman’s Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help bring about transformational and sustainable change that addresses the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Established at 10 colleges and universities in the United States, the TRHT Campus Centers will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to confront and dismantle the conscious and unconscious biases and misperceptions that exacerbate racial tension in America. They create safe places where people can participate in interactive projects such as Racial Healing Circles, Healing Sounds of Newark spoken word events, and ‘ImVisible’ art programs.

"Libraries are the depositories, producers, and lenders of intellectual capital -- intellectual capital which is then invested back into the community for progressive and transformational movements such as the TRHT to make sure that our communities are moving forward in a positive direction," said library director Consuella Askew at the center's launch event.

Learn more about how the TRHT initiative at the Rutgers–Newark website.