A Duke and Durham community without racial hierarchies, where human biological and cultural variation are valued and perceived as assets essential to the progress, survival, and flourishing of the human family; polarizing race-based concepts such as “racially inferior/racially superior” and “marginalized/privileged” become obsolete; structural barriers that promote and perpetuate inequalities are jettisoned and replaced with welcoming systems of equity, inclusiveness, and belonging; and the life outcomes of all are radically improved.


To dismantle deeply rooted beliefs in racial hierarchies, disrupt persistent structures and impacts of racism, and strengthen Duke’s position as a catalyst for change.


  • Gather evidence to understand the histories, inequalities, and perspectives regarding race and racism at Duke and in Durham.
  • Engage the campus and community in conversations and dialogues to enhance and expand communications about race and racism.
  • Create key messages that will guide the development and implementation of education efforts to foster accountability and produce truthful narratives about race and racism on campus and in the community.

“TRHT’s transformational goal involves racial healing and requires the imagination. We must envision a future United States that no longer believes in the fallacy of a racial hierarchy, a nation that truly celebrates our equal and connected humanity.”

Dr. Gail Christopher
Architect, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Movement


Duke University was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as one of 10 inaugural Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. These centers are part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT movement – a comprehensive, national and community-based process to address the historic and contemporary sources of racism and bring about transformational and sustainable change.

The Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Duke University (TRHT Center) is in an aggressive start-up phase, working towards becoming a formidable and influential vehicle for facilitating transformation at Duke and in Durham. Critical to the success and sustainability of this university-wide effort is the visible and participatory commitment of campus and community leaders. To that end, one of our first tasks has been to establish and engage a steering committee of senior leadership at Duke. In addition, we are developing a comprehensive Racial Healing Circles program based on the Kellogg Foundation’s strategy, and extensive conversations are underway on campus, in Durham, and with Duke Alumni to plan for the future.

We anticipate that the mission and vision of the TRHT Center will evolve as the work progresses and as we continue to engage campus and community leaders and members. We are committed to maintaining a flexible posture.


Join us in shaping and building the TRHT Center!

  • What is your vision of truth?
  • What is your vision of racial healing?
  • What is your vision of transformation?

Tell us your vision. We would like to learn more about you.