What Is Racial Healing?
Racial healing recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. We believe it is essential that before transforming systems and structures we must first transform ourselves.
What Is A Racial Healing Circle?
A Racial Healing Circle is a two-hour session led by trained racial healing practitioners consisting of both group interactions and smaller, more intimate conversations between two partners called dyads. The experience relies on intentional listening and opening your heart space to unearth truths and conscious and unconscious biases. Participating in racial healing circles can also raise awareness, consciousness, compassion, and empathy among those who participate. Racial healing practitioners are trained to ensure that the circles are confidential and safe spaces for participants to have truthful conversations with one another.
Due to the heightened emotional stress caused by the pandemic and these racially charged times, TRHT decided to offer racial healing circles based on ethnicity to best service all of our communities. Affinity circles are generally facilitated by racial healing practitioners that identify with the same ethnicity as the group. There are three types of affinity circles:
- Solidarity circles for people of Black African descent, and for people who identify as Black to come together and explore their shared humanity and what it means to heal from the traumas of racism.
- Solidarity circles for Blacks, Indigenous/Native, LatinX, Asian, Pacific Islander, mixed race, etc. non-white People of Color (BIPOC) to come together and explore their shared humanity and what it means to heal from the traumas of racism.
- Racial healing circles for White people to gather in truth, explore White privilege and confront the impact of racism.
Who is TRHT?
Launched in 2017, Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago is a cross sector, community-driven process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. TRHT Greater Chicago is one of 14 other sites across the country, catalyzed and supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) as a part of its national TRHT initiative.
MEET THE TRUTH, RACIAL HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION
Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago, is proud to announce their first-ever director, José A. Rico, a community leader and educator dedicated to working for justice and racial equity in Chicago.
AUDAIN | M.S., M.P.H.
When one asks Pilar how she sees herself within the context of the community, she will immediately respond
“I am a mother, a sister…a soldier on the front lines who creates safe spaces for my people to heal.”
THE HEALING SQUAD!
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.