Truth Racial Healing, and Transformation Initiative

Suffolk’s Racial Healing Circle series is designed to bring about transformational change by addressing the effects of systemic racism in a collaborative and empathetic space, aided by trained facilitators.

Our Racial Healing Circles are a professional learning and development program that enable faculty and staff to engage with community members in ways that foster self-reflection and promote diversity and inclusion through intentional listening, independent study, reflection, and courageous conversations. It may be an emotional experience for participants, as conversations can unearth truths and conscious or unconscious biases.

The ultimate goal of the program is to expand employee knowledge and comfort with addressing diversity and inclusion professionally and in their personal lives. It can also raise awareness, consciousness, compassion, and empathy among those who participate.

Trained Racial Healing Circle facilitators help to ensure that these circles are confidential safe spaces for participants to have truthful conversations with one another.

Racial Healing Circles offer ways for our campus community to heal from the traumatic wounds of the past, to recognize existing biases, to build mutually respectful relationships, and to transform ourselves into allies for social justice, racial healing, and reconciliation.