Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Action



Across the country, people are horrified by the recent taking of three more Black lives: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. President Zak’s May 29th message echoed that outrage, not just about these killings but also about all the other Black lives lost while in police custody.

This page is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives. This page is a call to action. 

In order to address, fix, and eliminate the systems that enable acts of racial prejudice, we must all take action. This past winter, Agnes Scott College was selected by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) as one of 24 universities to host Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) campus centers across the United States in a national effort to eradicate racial hierarchies and eliminate social inequities. As a THRT campus, the college partners with local and community groups as well as the campus community in projects that advance transformational racial change, promote racial healing activities, and erase structural barriers to equity and equal opportunity. The taking of more black lives and national outrage have lent a new sense of urgency to this work. Thus, we recommit ourselves to ensuring that our policies and actions are aligned with our values and that no one is left behind. 

Take a look below for ways to get connected. We hope you will not only join these efforts, but you will also lead in the fight against racism! 

United we are stronger!



Ongoing Programs and Action

  • Use and amplify our signature programs, like the Heritage Month Celebrations, #Culture365, Courageous Conversations, and InFocus, to embed anti-racism training, education, and action into the fabric of our campus culture. 
  • Request a training for your department
  • Sign-up for our monthly (July to November) anti-racism training and roundtables. Space is limited to 20 individuals per session. *Registration information coming soon.
  • Collaborate with our TRHT planning team and Rx Healing Circles to execute our TRHT action plan to forge community-wide collaboration, opportunities, and resources for racial transformation. This includes intentionally engaging community partners and local establishments to better support our students. To get more information on how to get involved, please email
  • Intentionally support all divisions to develop strategic actions that promote equity. 
  • Implement recommendations of the Diversity and Inclusion Climate Audit. 
  • Check-out this list to take action for Black lives. 
  • Petition for a hate crimes bill to be enacted as a Georgia law.
  • Take a FREE online anti-racism training available until June 30th (Institute of El Paso)

Upcoming Events

  • Join the Black faculty and staff lunch table every Wednesday from Noon to 1pm to come together, decompress, and heal. To participate, please use this Zoom link:
  • To bridge the college’s mission of “engaging the social and intellectual challenges of our times” and the work of a TRHT campus, we are proud to launch our Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Courageous Conversation Series. These discussions will engage campus and community leaders, across racial lines, on race and racism. If you are interested in planning or participating in one of these panels, email
    • Recommended reading and resources from the "Anti-Racist Work Begins at Home: A Tech-in for Allies" webinar hosted on Wednesday, June 10th found here. You can also view the full recording here on the Agnes Scott YouTube Channel.
    • You can watch the full recording for the "Local Leaders Take Action to Combat Racism" webinar here
    • You can watch the full recording for  "Tackling Social Injustice: Strategies for Action" webinar here
    • You can watch the full recording for "ASC Leadership on Racial Activism" webinar here

TRHT Implementation Team

  • Mari Ann Banks, District Equity Coordinator, City Schools of Decatur
  • Gundolf Graml, Associate Vice President/Dean for Curriculum & Strategic Initiatives (SUMMIT), Agnes Scott College
  • Regine Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Agnes Scott College
  • Lisa Jones, Assistant Director of the Center for Digital Learning, Agnes Scott College 
  • Amy Lovell, Professor of Astronomy and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion, Agnes Scott College
  • Renae Madison, Communications Manager, City of Decatur
  • Jayla Norman, TRHT Intern, Agnes Scott College
  • Casey Westerman, College Archivist and Librarian, Agnes Scott College
  • Dereika Pinder-Phillips, Assistant Director of Student Leadership Programs, Agnes Scott College
  • Yves-Rose Porcena, Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion, Agnes Scott College
  • Lucero Rodriguez, Director of Diversity Education, Agnes Scott College

Social Justice Resources 


The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Diversity and Inclusion • 404-471-6118 •