National Day of Racial Healing

National Day of Racial Healing

What is Racial Healing?

Racial healing is a process that restores individuals and communities to wholeness, repairs the damage caused by racism and transforms societal structures into ones that affirm the inherent value of all people. It makes it possible to acknowledge and speak the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and to address present-day consequences for people, communities and institutions.

Racial healing can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences. We believe it is essential to pursue racial healing prior to making change in a community. Because, before you can transform systems and structures, you must start with people first.


January 16, 2024

-choose events that fit your day-




(virtual and in person options)


7:30am - 9:30am Breakfast with Dr. Gail Meyers, Environmental Professionals Network 

12:00pm - 1:15pm - Dr. Alia Dietsch, "The healing power of nature and public lands"

1:30pm - 2:45pm - Kip Holley, "Cultural humility"



Event locations:

Zoom (virtual) and in person at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, International Room



About Speakers:

Dr. Gail MeyersDr. Gail Meyers Over the past 20 years Dr. Meyers has been lecturing, researching, teaching, writing and documenting stories of African American Farmers. sharecroppers and gardners.  Myers is considered and expert in the anthropogy of African American farming. 

Dr, Alia DietschDr. Alia Dietsch: employs a social psychological approach to understand the influence of human cognition on individual behaviors across various contexts. A few example research questions investigated include: how does human thought affect public support (or lack thereof) for management actions? How does demographic shift affect the composition of values across time and space, and what can that tell us about the future of conservation decision-making? Increasingly, using multilevel/hierarchical modeling to explore both individual-level and group-level dynamics inherent to a world of complexity.

Kip HolleyKip Holley an Independent Consultant and sole proprietor of K Holley Consulting, LLC.  Kip works to consult non-profit, for-profit, and governmental organizations on issues related to racial equity within organizational operations and activities, as well as facilitating dialogues and learning opportunities related to racial equity and community engagement.  Kip works with people and organizations across communities, occupational fields, and cultural traditions.

Hosted by the College of Food Agricultural and Envrionmental Sciences our 2024 Ohio State University Partner is: University Libraries

Event Contact: Kathy Lechman

A note about accessiblity

These events will be presented with automated closed captions. If you require traditional CART services or have other accessibility needs, please contact Laura Akgerman at or 614-292-0622. Requests submitted two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet every request.