MCCC Awarded Designation as Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center

The first series of virtual Racial Healing Circles is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The public is invited.
11/15/2021

West Windsor - Mercer County Community College (MCCC) was recently selected by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a host for a new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center.

MCCC is one of 19 selected institutions in this latest round of selections, and one of 49 designated TRHT Centers in the entire United States,” said Dr. Andrea Lynch, professor and chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee at MCCC. “With this designation comes an award of $25,000, which was provided by funding from ETS to develop the Center,” she said. 

Mercer's TRHT Campus Center will pursue the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers. It aims to be community-integrated and play a vital role in the national TRHT effort to address the historical and contemporary effects of racism and to promote transformational and sustainable changes. 

“This is an exciting step forward in bringing greater awareness and creating a more inclusive culture at the College,” said Barbara Basel, vice president of human resources at MCCC.

Specifically, programs will be structured around the pillars of the TRHT Framework, which focus on the concepts of narrative change, racial healing and relationship building and separation, as well as the law and economy, as outlined by the AAC&U.   

The team from Mercer who attended the TRHT institute and developed the MCCC TRHT action plan consisted of Barbara Basel, vice president of Human Resources; Marvin Carter, director of DEI; Dr. Chris Cruz-Cullari, assistant professor of English, coordinator of READY and the Developmental Reading Program; Stacy Denton, director of TRIO Upward; Dr. Andrea Lynch, professor of Business, Technology and Professional Studies and chair of the DEI Committee; and Dr. Terry Voldase associate professor of Business, Technology and Professional Studies, chair of DPC for Technology, and program coordinator of Computer Information Systems. 

The first series of virtual Racial Healing Circles is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Details can be found at www.mccc.edu/dei.  The public is invited.

For more information about upcoming plans for MCCC's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center, please contact Marvin Carter and Andrea Lynch at dei@mccc.edu.  

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