Rx Racial Healing Circles (RHCs), created by our center's Senior Scholar Dr. Gail Christopher while at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, are founded on the principles of jettisoning the hierarchy of human value and narrative change through storytelling. The uniqueness of RHCs come from their focus on health, well-being, agency, inclusion, and our common humanity.
Circles are designed for community building and racial awareness. This framework is rooted in spiritual and community-sustaining models in many indigenous cultures. The power of the RHC experience comes from sharing stories – telling personal stories (taking us to the heart space) rather than simply relating to an event (the mind space). Circle participants often can see their own experiences in the stories of others, which helps us to see ourselves in one another.
Racial healing is an ongoing process beyond an individual circle experience. As such, we recommend that individuals engage in multiple racial healing and transformation activities for long-term, immersive learning. Click here to learn more about the background of Racial Healing Circles. RHCs are a collaboration between our center and Mason’s Campus Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT).
We will announce dates and times for fall 2021 semester open enrollment circles as soon as they're available.
You can also request an RHC in a closed enrollment format here for a specific Mason department, organization, or unit. RHCs for a department or organization must be optional and voluntary for all participants. We do not host RHCs for groups that mandate attendance. So, please plan to invite participants from your group without requiring attendance.
We strongly recommend three hours for a circle experience, which allows for participants to fully share their stories while creating a safe space where everyone is appreciated and affirmed. While this originally was designed as an in-person activity, we follow Mason’s COVID procedures and offer this experience virtually via Zoom until further notice.
The RHC facilitators are Mason faculty and staff. Many of our RHC facilitators received training directly from Dr. Gail Christopher, the architect of Rx Racial Healing Circles and a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.
Every RHC is co-facilitated and models the diversity and narrative of the RHC facilitators.