April 20, 2021 - Chauvin trial ends, Jury deliberations underway

This is a stressful time for our nation, the Twin Cities community, and our college community members, particularly those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or Asian American/Pacific Islander.

The Week Ahead

As you are aware, there are multiple situations going on contributing to increased stress, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, and anger for many of us. It is essential to be aware of the effects of these stressors, and to take care of ourselves to be able to connect with and help others. Please be mindful and engage others with compassion and flexible support.

Jury Deliberation Begins

Yesterday, closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with killing George Floyd, were delivered, and jury deliberations have begun. The timing of a verdict is uncertain, but many predict it could come as early as this week or next week.

Daunte Wright Funeral

Just over a week ago, on Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright, a young Black man, was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer (who has since resigned). Demonstrations have continued in protest of systemic racism and policing. Daunte’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021.

K-12 Distance Learning Resumes

For those employees and students who are parents with children in the Minneapolis School District, schools have reverted to distance learning this week. Other metro-area districts are in distance learning because of COVID-19 spread. These unexpected transitions back to learning at home may increase anxiety over the impact of the impending verdict on their school, family, and community.

In Solidarity

I want to remind you that there are many resources available on campus and in the community to help support each of you.

Resources

 

Past Events

  • April 22, 6:30pm: 8th Annual Community Forum on Race featuring keynote speaker Dr. Aja King. Visit the registration page for more information and to RSVP.
  • April 23, 12-1pm: Vaccine Hesitancy Info Session featuring Dr. Nathan Chomilo who will be sharing his own hesitancy with the vaccine, and answer questions. Zoom Meeting ID: 981 3636 6487, Passcode: 248697.
  • April 23, 3:30-4:30pm: Racial Healing Circle, an opportunity for sharing lived truths, and emphasizes active listening and being open to differing perspectives. The goal is to promote understanding, racial healing and racial equity. Visit the registration to RSVP in advance.

Better Together

We pledge to continue to provide timely and relevant information. We welcome your feedback as we come together to face the challenges before us, and the ongoing efforts to address issues of racism and inequity in our college and community. Together, our community has the “power” to create a better future for all.

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