Truth and Reconciliation Project conducted by the National Center for Cultural Competence

December 2, 2014

With the goals of righting past wrongs and building trust between researchers and racially and ethnically diverse communities, Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) has developed a novel pilot study consisting of a series of community forums called "Truth and Reconciliation."

Led by Tawara Goode, MA, assistant professor and director of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at Georgetown's Center for Child and Human Development, the study is funded by a Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest grant out of the Office of the President at Georgetown. It was conducted with support from the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS), including Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at GUMC.

In four three-hour Truth and Reconciliation community forums held in downtown D.C. this past winter and spring, Goode and her collaborators acknowledged past wrongs committed in research between 1900-1995, issued an apology on behalf of the "research community" as a whole, and detailed participant rights and protections now embedded in research.

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