March 5, 2021 – Chauvin Trial Campus Response
We stand against racism
As cautionary optimism grows for the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are preparing themselves mentally and emotionally for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. Jury selection begins Monday, March 8 and testimony is scheduled to begin Monday, March 29. We recognize this trial will bring back memories of trauma for our campus community, so we take this time to acknowledge the fullness of human value and reinforce to you our commitment as a college to racial healing and upholding anti-racism practices. Together, let’s continue the work to call for an end to acts of hatred and violence that inflict trauma and loss of life for African Americans and other people of color.
Our college is coordinating with the Governor’s office, Department of Public Safety, Minnesota Management and Budget, and local officials in Brooklyn Park to keep you informed leading up to, during, and following the trial. We take the safety of our employees seriously and will continue to update you as we have new information and as the trial progresses. Public safety officials across Minnesota know people want to make their voices heard before, during, and after the trial. We support Minnesotans’ ability to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.
Show compassion and care
NHCC will continue to work toward illuminating systems of racial inequity within our own community so that together we can continue dismantling all forms of oppression. As always, please take this time to show compassion and care to those around you and with yourself. Here’s a few ways to do that:
Share community resources with students.
Encourage students and employees to attend upcoming events hosted by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Tuesday, March 10, 3-4:30pm: From Jury to Justice – Understanding the Chauvin Trial (Virtual Information Panel Open to All). Zoom Meeting ID: 929 1834 6164
Thursday, April 22, 6-8pm: City of Brooklyn Park & NHCC collaborative Community Forum on Race. More details to be announced
Connect students with NHCC Counseling Services.
Learn more about NHCC in Solidarity and how you can get involved.
Access the Employee Assistance Program for personal support 24/7.
Share Minnesota State’s Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra, message about the trial.
Only through the collaborative efforts of all community members can we put an end to racial injustice. When our actions are informed by the truth of others, we can move forward together and realize the aspirations of racial and social justice. Only then can we begin to create an authentic space from which to proceed. There is so much work to be done, but we will persist.