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Healing and Racial Equity across Metro Lansing

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a process to engage the Metro Lansing community in racial healing and equity. Through truth and recognition of history, we work towards equitable policy solutions and foster new ways of relating as human beings.


The TRHT framework was designed by Dr. Gail Christopher and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


You can view it here!

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We build power of directly impacted communities and allies to advocate for policy and systems transformation for the long-term, particularly focused on the wellbeing of youth. Learn more about how we are working to sustain BIPOC-led racial equity work >>


We fuse organizing elements of Emergent Strategy, Momentum, People’s Assemblies, Collective Impact, and Movement for Black Lives, as well as innovations created locally to support youth organizing and popular education.

Our theory of action is rooted in the community organizing principle of learning by doing. View the theory of action here >>


Our members and working groups are encouraged to challenge assumptions, consider the impact of decisions -- including the voices and perspectives involved in making decisions -- and leverage their power to uphold racial equity.

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Racial Healing

Are you interested in racial healing circles?

Contact us at to request more information or join our waiting list.

We meet requests for TRHT racial healing circles in the order we receive them and based on the capacities of the healing practitioners.


We also host circles that are open to individual community members throughout the year. Please visit the TRHT-ML Facebook Event page to check for upcoming opportunities, or email to be notified about the next community circles cohort.


Youth & Education

Youth are the life breath and future of our community, and schools are the barometers of community wellbeing. This is why our work is centered around engaging with youth, their families, and the systems they interact with.


We leverage our collective power to advocate for transformation in schools. We also host enriching experiences and opportunities for youth. For example, we hosted a series of concerts in three school districts, geared toward elementary students in partnership with Alphabet Rockers from Oakland, CA and local organization, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy. The music series focused on education, diversity, and a healthy lifestyles. We collaborated with the Intercultural Association of Michigan, Greater Lansing United Nations Assembly to sponsor the PeaceQuest Art Contest for high school students. View the students' powerful art from this exhibition here.


Narrative Change

False narrative perpetuate division, competition, scarcity mindsets, and harm. This is why we amplify true and diverse histories, stories, and data so that we can heal and draw closer to one another.


Some of our work to change narratives include transforming school curricula, amplifying Black, Indigenous and People of Color experiences is entertainment, journalism, and media, and spreading voting information to counter voter suppression tactics. Soon after the pandemic reached Lansing, we created a mapping project to track media coverage of COVID-19, promoting awareness of how health conditions and structural racism put Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities at serious risk.



Youth interactions with the criminal justice system is detrimental to their wellbeing and success across their lifespans, and youth of color have these experiences at exponentially higher rates.


In conjunction with youth arrest data, the Law Team is concerned about the racialized practice of policing based upon "hot spots." The team has held neighborhood engagement events to listen to the stories of Black and Brown young people who live in neighborhoods with the highest number of violent crimes reported, which according to the Lansing Police Department, is the key determinant of a hot spot.


The Ingham County Prosecutor committed her office to a Racial Equity Assessment and Action Plan. One Love Global has facilitated lunch and learn sessions with prosecuting attorneys, including content on structural racism, implicit bias, and identifying bias in prosecutorial processes.



Ensuring Black, Indigenous and People of Color are able to enter the workforce, own businesses, and thrive is key to a thriving economy.

We held focus groups with youth returning home from detention centers to ask what they need. They named: 1) Love,  2) Mentoring, and 3) Persistence. We work to center these priorities in our organizing and encourage youth to embrace their creativity and innovative spirits.

We work in close partnership with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) to support youth to learn and engage in entrepreneurship, support Black-owned businesses, and develop innovative economic opportunities in the community.

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Get Involved

Achieving racial equity takes all of us! To get involved with TRHT Metro Lansing, please click the button below to fill out an interest form. We will follow up with you and share information about the next orientation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is TRHT?

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive national and local, community-based process to plan for and to bring about transformation and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. The 5 Principles of TRHT are:

  1. Support Healing at Every Stage
  2. Distribute Resources with Transparency, Connection and Partnerships
  3. Advocate for Policy Change
  4. Extend Extraordinary Care in Extraordinary Times
  5. Model Truth Telling

How do I get involved?

We’re excited you’re interested in TRHT! To get started, please fill out the TRHT New Member Interest Form. We hold orientation sessions throughout the year to onboard new members.

Is there a membership fee?

No, there is no fee to participate in the TRHT process.

How often are meetings?

TRHT members typically meet multiple times each month, depending on commitments within the group. We hold monthly 1-hour TRHT Member Luncheons for us all to connect with one another and work underway. We also hold monthly 2-hour TRHT Working Group sessions to make progress on our planning and actions (the groups are Education, Faith/Tradition/Practice, Law, Economy, and Health). Working groups may decide to schedule additional meetings outside of the working group sessions. You may also be interested in taking on a leadership role as a TRHT Ambassador or a Healing Practitioner. Ambassadors work to engage more of the region in TRHT. Meetings are held on an as-needed basis. Healing Practitioners facilitate racial healing circles, and meetings are held every other week.

Is TRHT open to everyone?

Yes, this process is intentionally diverse and open. Our membership includes people across ages, races, gender identities, rationalities, religions and faiths, and so on. We want to encourage groups to intersect and build power together across differences. This process is about gathering together with the united commitment to racial equity.

When did TRHT begin in Metro Lansing?

One Love Global began to convene the TRHT process in Metro Lansing in 2017 as a companion to its ongoing racial equity work and with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. One Love Global has led racial equity and youth organizing efforts in Lansing since 2008.

How can I request a racial healing circle for my organization / congregation / group?

Please reach out to us at and we will add you to the healing circle waiting list. We fulfill requests in the order that we receive them based on healing practitioners' capacities.

How can I become a healing practitioner?

TRHT healing practitioners facilitate racial healing circles and meet regularly to prepare and be in supportive community with one another. To become a healing practitioner, we ask that you first experience racial healing circles yourself by participating in a four-session circle cohort. We promote healing circle opportunities on our Facebook page, and you can request to be notified about future circles by contacting us at Once you join practitioners, we'll encourage you to shadow practitioners as they hold circles, including supporting with planning and debriefing, until you feel ready to co-facilitate yourself. We do not use a formal manual (though we do have supportive materials), but rather build relationships with one another and learn by being in the circle process together.


Join the Learning Community

The TRHT Learning Community is a space to actively engage in learning and action related to TRHT. We share monthly newsletters and host webinars on topics to support our learning and prepare us to lead narrative change, healing and racial equity in our community. The Learning Community also holds key documents related to TRHT.

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Building a Beloved Community

Truly uprooting racism is a long-term fight. The Beloved Community Fund works to sustain BIPOC-led racial equity efforts in our community for the long term.


Inspired by the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are building toward a Beloved Community, where love, equity and peace are enjoyed by all.

Thank you W.K. Kellogg Foundation for matching this fund through your commitment to Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.

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