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Racial Healing Circles (RHCs) are central to truth, racial healing, and transformation work. RHCs offer a compassionate and expansive forum for sharing personal truths to begin (or continue) the process of transforming hearts and minds. Through active listening and being open to the perspectives and experiences of others, RHCs are designed to leverage local action to promote racial healing and equity.

The 2023 Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing provides attendees an opportunity to participate in a 90-minute Racial Healing Circle of their choice.

All Racial Healing Circles Now Closed

  • Asian Advocacy Alliance – For members of this UC student group

  • Bellarmine Community - For members of Ballarmine Chapel community

  • Black Women Activists - For Black women engaged in social justice, equity, and local activism

  • Health Systems - For those working in a healthcare-related field or organization

  • LGBTQ+ - For those who identify as LGBTQ+

  • People of Color - For individuals who identify as a person of color

  • UC Faculty/Staff - a healing space for faculty and staff employed at the University of Cincinnati

  • UC Medical Center (UC Health) Faculty/Staff - for faculty and staff employed at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center

  • UC Students - For students currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati

  • University Faculty (Non-UC) - For university faculty not affiliated with UC

  • University Students (Non-UC) - For university students not affiliated with UC

  • White People - For individuals who identify as White

  • Youth (Grades 10-12) - For young people in grades 10-12

  • Open - Unrestricted for anyone interested in participating in a diverse circle

*Note: Racial Healing Circles are limited to 30 people.



9:00 AM

11:00 AM

11:10 AM

12:00 PM

1:15 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:30 PM

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

Racial Healing Circles (prior registration required)


Panel: Now What? Continuing Your Racial Healing Journey

Have you recently participated in a Racial Healing Circle? Just completed a riveting book on racial injustice? Or simply interested in developing tools in your racial healing toolkit? This panel explores various programs, initiatives, events, and personal activities that support your journey for racial healing. Panelists will discuss what to do when you are not sure what is next in your racial healing journey.

Keynote with Heather McGhee, author of "The Sum of Us"

Mindfulness Break (Yoga & Meditation)
     Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh, Ph.D.

Spend some time healing your mind and body as you develop your mindfulness practice. Dr. Ngwenya-Scoburgh will lead you through a yoga and meditation midday mindful break. Center your breath and calm your inner self as you practice.

Panel: Speaking Truth to Power - The Role of Racial Healing in Advocacy and Policy

Central to racial healing and change is truth. Panelists will discuss truths - the truth about Critical Race Theory, truths about public policy and how it impacts you, and the truth about how advocacy and policy work can heal communities and those residing in them.

Closing of Main Program

"Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation: Cincinnati - A Documentary"

Join the premiere of a documentary exploring how a history of structural racism in policies and practices harmed four Black communities in the Greater Cincinnati region. The panel discussion, immediately following, offers an opportunity for local leaders across sectors to discuss what actions are needed - from funding to legislation to community building - to move the needle on racial equity in Cincinnati.

Panel: Fostering Racial Equity in Cincinnati: Pathways to Progress     

Immediately following the premiere of "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation: Cincinnati," panelists will discuss systemic racism, its impact on local communities, and solutions to eradicate existing racial disparities.

Healing Through Dance w/ DJ Vader

Healing comes in many forms. For many, dance and music are critical for healing hearts, minds, and bodies. Celebrate yourself and the National Day of Racial Healing as you groove to the sounds of DJ Vader.

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