June 25, 2021 – Derek Chauvin Sentencing
Dear NHCC Community,
Today Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years for his role in the killing of George Floyd. While the sentencing is a step towards justice, it will not bring Mr. Floyd back to his family. It will not bring back the countless Black individuals who have been victims of police violence. This sentencing does bring hope that our justice system can operate fairly and reminds us that much work remains to be done to dismantle systemic racism and end injustice in our communities.
We send peace and strength to the Floyd family during this time of healing. The values of anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion are central to North Hennepin Community College’s mission, and we are committed to ensuring that our college is welcoming and inclusive for all our students and employees. At the same time, we recognize the trauma experienced by many among us – especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or Asian American/Pacific Islander.
I want to remind you there are many resources available on campus and in the community to help support each of you.
- Access and/or share community and mental health resources.
- Connect students with NHCC Counseling Services.
- Learn more about NHCC in Solidarity and how you can get involved.
We remain committed to following through and living out our organizational values, in actions and systemic changes that will get us closer to achieving our anti-racist vision. We will move forward together. On behalf of all of NHCC, I wish you the strength and grace to see you through these challenging times.