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ATU to Offer THAT Space for University Community

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All Arkansas Tech University faculty, staff and students on all campuses are invited to participate in an online THAT Space healing program facilitated by Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA) and The Diversity Booth Inc. (TDBI) from 1-2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15.

The 90-minute experience will be offered on Zoom. It is designed to serve as a healing and connection space for the ATU community in response to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the events surrounding those tragedies.

THAT (which stands for "Truth, Healing And Transformation") Space program facilitators create courageous spaces that allow participants to express difficult, honest and necessary thoughts, concerns, fears and hopes about traumatic events while also helping us consciously listen to the unique lived experiences of others. JCA and TDBI believe addressing social trauma must be a critical part of building equitable, inclusive cultures.

"THAT Spaces serve as not only healing opportunities for individuals, they help people connect in such a way to build their capacity as a community to heal together and co-create meaningful responses to dismantling racism," said Donald Wood, executive director of Just Communities of Arkansas.

There will be a limited number of virtual seats for ATU's THAT Space program. Additional sessions may be scheduled as interest warrants.

Those interested in participating in an ATU THAT Space conversation are asked to register at the link below:

https://forms.gle/B3zRP6GW7AsQXmjN8