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Media Advisory: RU-N Launches Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center; Press Conference, 2/28

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Initiative includes neighborhood-based activities, community partnerships, and advocacy.

At a press conference on Wed., Feb., 28, Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) will announce its Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center, community partners, and city-wide activities. TRHT Campus Centers is a comprehensive, national, and community-based initiative developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and funded by Newman's Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help bring about transformational and sustainable change that addresses the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Established at 10 colleges and universities in the United States, the TRHT Campus Centers will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to confront and dismantle the conscious and unconscious biases and misperceptions that exacerbate racial tension in America.  
 
During the press conference, RU-N will announce the leaders of its TRHT Campus Center and community partners, share upcoming activities and events, and entertain questions from the media. The launch will culminate the following evening with a reception at Express Newark held in collaboration with the "Mirror Mirror" art exhibition opening.
 
All events are free and open to the public.

WHO:
Dr. Sherri-Ann Butterfield, executive vice chancellor of RU-N
The Honorable Ras Baraka, mayor of the city of Newark
Jeffrey Trzeciak, director of the Newark Public Library
Ryan P. Haygood, Esq., president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

WHAT:          
A press conference to launch the TRHT Campus Center at RU-N; a reception the following evening
 
WHEN:          
Wed., Feb. 28, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (press conference)
Thur., March 1, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (reception)
                       
WHERE:        
Press conference
RU-N
15 Washington Street – Second Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Reception
Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, Paul Robeson Gallery
The Hahnes Building – Third Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
 
TRHT CONTACT:
Sharon Stroye, director of community engagement, School of Public Affairs and Administration, shockada@rutgers.edu, 973-353-3819

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kimberlee Williams, director of communications and marketing, Office of Communications, kimberlee.williams@rutgers.edu, 973-353-5262