Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release

January 16, 2017

State College Borough Mayor Proclaims January 17 a National Day of Racial Healing

STATE COLLEGE, PA – January 16, 2017. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham of the Borough of State College proudly proclaims January 17, 2017 as a National Day of Racial Healing as part of a collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and more than 130 organizations.
Our city leaders recently adopted two resolutions aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in State College Borough in an effort to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where all can thrive. The Mayor’s proclamation recognizes these efforts and points out that if “we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing and transformation, we can all bring about the necessary changes in thinking and behavior that will propel this great nation forward as a unified force where racial bias will be a thing of the past.”
Mayor Goreham urges all residents to promote racial healing and transformation in ways that are best suited for them individually.
In the next few weeks, WKKF and its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) collaborating organizations will carry out a variety of events to mark the first ever National Day of Racial Healing. The TRHT, community, corporate and non-profit partners represent a collective network of nearly 300 million Americans.
"Communities, organizations and individuals are being asked to acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome,” said Dr. Gail Christopher, senior advisor and vice president for TRHT at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We have to come together to heal and commit to truth telling, engaging representatives from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another."
This proclamation, and all other proclamations issued by the Mayor, can be viewed at


About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with representatives of the Borough of State College, contact the Administration Department by phone at 814-234-7110 or by email at

Media Contact: Courtney Hayden, Communication & Special Projects Coordinator, (814) 278-4723.
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