ERIC Number: EJ1202926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Finding Our Common Humanity amidst "The Fierce Urgency of Now"
Pasquerella, Lynn; McNair, Tia Brown; Saffold, Jacinta R.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v51 n1 p28-34 2019
As institutions of higher education across the nation strive to prepare the next generation of student leaders, Dr. King's words echo in our ears: "We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there 'is' such a thing as being too late" (King, 2001). We must build on the work of courageous individual actors as well as historical and current movements that challenge racist ideologies. We must undo the ramifications of structures that perpetuate unfounded beliefs in the hierarchy of human value that have defined America's culture for far too long. The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) national effort builds on the legacies of the Civil Rights movement and complements contemporary anti-racism initiatives by using coalition building to critically examine the history of racism in America, envisioning paths forward. TRHT seeks to unearth and extinguish the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism--the main one being the belief in a "hierarchy of human value." The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has committed to building the infrastructure to establish 150 selfsustaining TRHT Campus Centers through the development of summer institutes, implementation and design guides, evaluation frameworks, communications guidelines, and technical support for action plans. The cornerstone of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, is Racial Healing Circles. These are meant to ground the various elements of TTRHT's methodology in a safe and inclusive forum for sharing personal truths to help begin the process of transforming hearts and minds by focusing on our common humanity. Among the most urgent challenges facing colleges and universities today is growing economic, racial, and ethnic segregation. This effort provides a vehicle for change that moves beyond traditional diversity, equity, and inclusion projects to spaces of deep listening and collaboration where transformation can occur.
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations, Race, African American History, Public Officials, Community Leaders, Higher Education, Racial Differences, Activism, African American Leadership, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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