Lansing Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation initiative
Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) initiative is designed to eradicate the belief in a racialized hierarchy of human value and the structural and systemic manifestations of this belief. TRHT begins by examining how this belief came to be embedded within the culture and structures of American society and works with communities to design effective strategies to uproot it. Lansing TRHT is organized into five teams. Three of these teams – Beyond Separation, Law, and Economy – focus on social institutions in which the consequences of a belief in a racialized hierarchy of human value are most evident. Two other teams – Narrative Change and Racial Healing and Relationship Building – are viewed as being central to the success of all TRHT efforts. Narrative Change involves creating a more complete and accurate narrative about people of color. Racial Healing and Relationship Building focuses on healing the wounds of the past and building mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines. CERC is conducting a developmental evaluation of Lansing TRHT by monitoring emergent strategies and providing evaluative data on an ongoing basis to help project leads identify what is working, what is not working, and providing guidance for next steps.
Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship (OPES)
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology
Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship