UNCW Joins AAC&U's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center Network

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The American Association of Colleges and Universities is partnering with higher education institutions to develop Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers. UNCW has been selected to participate in the 2022 Institute.

Each center strives to prepare the next generation of leaders to break down systemic racism and building more equitable communities by prioritizing community-based healing activities that seek to change collective community narratives and broaden understanding of diverse experiences. Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

"This selection validates the diversity, equity and inclusion work we have been doing and connects us with other universities that are also focusing on creating a sense of belonging for all students, faculty and staff," said Dr. Donyell Roseboro, UNCW's chief diversity officer. "We are excited about the possibilities that joining this network will bring and are committed to the learning journey."

The Institute, scheduled for June 21-24, is designed to help campus teams identify evidence-based strategies. Campus teams will establish strategic goals that align with their institution's vision and the TRHT framework. Members of the UNCW team are:

  • Kimberley Cheatham, UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion outreach coordinator
  • Dr. Sabrina T. Cherry, UNCW Equity Institute interim director
  • Joe Conway, City of Wilmington chief diversity and equity officer
  • Dr. Kim Cook, sociology and criminology professor and director of the Restorative Justice Collaborative at UNCW
  • Dr. Jeanine Mingé, associate vice chancellor for high impact practices, community partnerships and the arts; and executive director of the UNCW Office of the Arts
  • Dr. Donyell Roseboro, Chief Diversity Officer, UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Linda Thompson, New Hanover County chief diversity and equity officer

"We are pleased to have Linda Thompson and Joe Conway as part of our team that will attend the institute," said Dr. Roseboro. "This partnership will allow us to create a sustainable support structure for diversity, equity and inclusion work throughout the county, city and university."

-- Venita Jenkins