The Office of Institutional Equity is partnering with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to host a series of Racial Healing Circle on campus this year. We call these sessions on-ramps and they are intended to give folks in our community the opportunity to experience a healing circle for themself.  The overage circle is roughly two hours long and we ask that you register only if you can attend the entire session. Below is more information on a few of the on-ramps being offered this year .  

The Center for Teaching & Learning’s Racial Healing Learning Circles

These Racial Healing Circles are embedded in the CTL First Thursday format. First Thursday presentations primarily focus on pedagogy, from introducing innovative teaching strategies and instructional technologies to understanding student development and diversities.  This First Thursday session is meant to familiarize participants with the RHC framework and how it can be used as a tool for advancing equity work on campus.  Please note that these events will not be recorded to create a space for safe and open discussions.

  • An Introduction to Racial Healing Circles, October 7; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Zoom. Facilitated by Renuka Gusain (Humanities) and Luke Givens (Institutional Equity)


These are open sessions available to any member of the UNC Asheville community. Circles typically last about two hours and we ask that you only register if you can attend the entire session.  Because of the nature of the Circle we cap registration and strive to maintain an even number of participants. Registration is required and closes at noon (12:00pm) the day prior to the Circle.

Note: We try to create circles with as much racial, gender, age, and ethnic diversity as possible, but that is not always possible. 

Fall 2021 Schedule
  • Friday, October 15, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Dr. Juan Sanchez-Martinez & Amanda Glenn-Bradley (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 12, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Jonalyn Crite & Dr. Jen Rhode-Ward (Zoom)
  • Monday, December 13, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lise Kloeppel & Dr. Kelly Biers (TBD)