Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Centers open at Newark Libraries
Published November 15, 2018 | Manny Faces
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Five Newark sites, including four library branches, will each host an iteration of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center at Rutgers University – Newark.
The centers opened yesterday.
TRHT Campus Centers is an initiative developed by the Association of American Colleges to address “the historic and contemporary effects of racism,” while helping to seek “transformational and sustainable change.”
In addition to the location at the Rutgers-Newark John Cotton Dana Library, library patrons will also be able to learn more about the initiative. Each “chapter” will engage with students and residents through programs such as Racial Healing Circles, Healing Sounds of Newark spoken word events, and ‘ImVisible’ art programs.
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The goals of the TRHT Centers are to:
Increase positive engagement and perceptions of Newark among RU-N faculty, staff, and students;
Foster positive engagement and perceptions of Newark and its surrounding communities;
Facilitate ongoing on- and off-campus conversations concerning issues of truth and racial healing;
Leverage RU-N resources to facilitate a reduction in poverty and unemployment in Newark and strengthen Newark’s economy by 2020; and
Change legislative policies regarding voting rights of individuals in the criminal justice system, specifically those on parole or probation, and/or who have a criminal conviction.
The launch will be celebrated simultaneously at all five sites on Wednesday, November 14 from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.
John Cotton Dana Library, 185 University Ave.
Newark Public Library
North End Branch, 722 Summer Ave.
Vailsburg Branch, 75 Alexander St.
Van Buren Branch, 140 Van Buren St. (program in Spanish)