Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Queensborough Partners with AAC&U

In Fall 2021, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) selected Queensborough Community College to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. The only college or university in New York City to host a TRHT Center, Queensborough will lead a multi-year initiative to educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to transform limiting narratives about race and beliefs in the hierarchy of human value.

At its core, the AAC&U TRHT effort is about providing a platform for the dialogue that is needed to identify and repair institutional structures, practices, and processes that are producing racial inequities in outcomes. While dialogue and relationship building are central to the TRHT framework, a core commitment of the initiative is to leverage the dialogue that the centers generate into action that advances broader institutional DEI goals.  

Every TRHT Campus Center has a unique identity with goals specific to the needs of the communities they serve. Queensborough's TRHT Campus Center aligns all of its activities with the equity goals outlined in the College's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

TRHT Goals

  • Transform the educational and institutional culture of the College 

  • Deepen Queensborough’s understanding of our students and their experiences 

  • Provide a safe space for dialogue

TRHT Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission: We promote a deeper understanding of the diverse racialized experiences of Queensborough's students, staff, and faculty and develop new ways to practice relationship building and social solidarity.
Vision: We envision an inspired campus community that is actively engaged in ongoing personal and collective self-reflection about race, respect, and what it means to belong. The sum of these personal transformations leads to policies, practices, and processes that produce equitable outcomes.
Values: The center is committed to transparency, inclusivity, diversity, and authenticity.

TRHT Planning Committee

Queensborough's TRHT Campus Center is collaboratively led by the TRHT Planning Committee, which includes:


  • Dr. Danny Sexton, Associate Professor, English Department
  • Dr. Laura Cohen, Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center
  • Ms. Amaris Matos, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Dr. Mercedes Franco, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center exterior lit up at nightOpens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Russian Ballet performing at the Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.