A world without racism: where empathy, equity, and unity prosper; human variation is valued and seen as an asset essential to the progress and flourishing of the human family; and the life outcomes of all are radically improved.


To dismantle deeply rooted beliefs in racial hierarchies and disrupt persistent structures and impacts of racism at Duke, in Durham, and beyond.


  1. Uncover, produce, and share accurate and complete narratives about race and racism.
  2. Cultivate relationships that celebrate our common humanity, embrace our diversity, and expand the circles of individuals willing to work towards transformation.
  3. Foster lasting change wherein every life has equal value and the consequences of a false belief in a racial hierarchy no longer shape our individual and collective experiences or outcomes.

“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.

Your Stories Matter: Resisting COVID-19, Embracing Loss, Transforming Our World

How have your life, your family, your hopes and fears been transformed since the start of the global pandemic? The Duke TRHT Center has created a visitors’ narrative response project in conjunction with RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! by artist Carrie Mae Weems, an outdoor exhibition on view through May 31. Your responses will become part of the fabric of how our society thinks about COVID-19. This is a compassionate and anonymous virtual and textual space for you to speak your own truth.