The Association of American Colleges and Universities has announced the selection of Adelphi University as one of 13 institutions to host Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers, joining an initial group of 10 institutions designated in 2017.
Adelphi is the only New York college or university among the 23 total.
“At Adelphi, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center will envision, plan, create, collaborate, and implement an array of interactive activities that will engage and
empower the campus community to work internally with key stakeholders,” said Marsha J
Tyson Darling, professor of history and interdisciplinary studies as well as director of the University’s Center for African, Black & Caribbean Studies.
Those stakeholders include Adelphi’s student mentoring program, athletics program, Greek organizations, faculty leadership, student organizations, staff, and administrators who have expressed a commitment to racial education and healing.
“Along with campus partners, our center will foster closer collaboration with community
organizations in ways that promote education about racial hierarchies and systems of inequality that establish and maintain a false narrative of a hierarchy of human value,” Darling said, noting that those partnerships were a primary criterion for selection.
Community partners include the Sewanhaka School District, The Interfaith Nutrition Network and the Partnerships in Education to Avoid Criminal Justice System Entry after-school program, among several others.
Representatives from Adelphi also will participate in the 2020 TRHT Campus Centers Institute this June in Atlanta.
Adelphi’s proposal was created by a campus team that was led by Darling and includes Perry Greene, now-retired vice president of diversity and inclusion; Carol Ann Daniel, professor of social work and co-chair of Adelphi’s Diversity Committee; Jacqueline Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Sociology department; John Drew, assistant professor of digital media; and Kevin Dougherty, principal of Elmont Memorial High School.
“As a site of knowledge creation and intellectual growth, our core mission is educational
development and intellectual growth,” Darling said. “Also, the TRHT Center will focus on enabling participating youth to become future leaders who will take the TRHT framework into their futures.”
Submitted by Adelphi University