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Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center


Northern Virginia Community College was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Center in the spring of 2021.

As one of the seventy-one colleges and universities that have been named as TRHT Campus Centers, NOVA joins a community of higher education institutions that have implemented visionary action plans with the shared goal of erasing barriers to equal treatment and opportunity on campuses, in our communities, and for our nation.

The TRHT Framework is built on five main pillars: narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation (segregation, colonization, concentrated poverty), law, and economy. You can read more about the pillars here.

NOVA’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Center prepares the next generation of strategic leaders and thinkers to  break down racial hierarchies. This work supports the VCCS Opportunity 2027 goal of achieving equity in student outcomes and NOVA’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

In support of the first two main pillars of the TRHT Framework, NOVA has implemented Healing Circles. Click here to learn more about Healing Circles at NOVA.

For more information about NOVA's beginning efforts around the TRHT initiative, please contact Sherrene DeLong in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at sdelong@nvcc.edu.