April 20, 2021 – Chauvin Trial Verdict Campus Response
As I am sure many of you already heard, the verdict for the Derek Chauvin trial was announced today. We must recognize the trauma that many are experiencing – especially those in the Black community. In the context of this trial, compounded by the tragic death of Daunte Wright, deep feelings of outrage, fear, and grief are natural and to be expected. With this in mind, we decided to close the campus early tonight at 6pm and will resume regular on-campus operation hours tomorrow through the remainder of the week.
Although extraordinarily difficult, the trial of Derek Chauvin has also been a powerful expression of our collective demand for racial justice. This is to be expected; meaningful social change is rarely easy or quick. As institutions of higher learning, we fully support freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and peaceful protest. A marketplace of ideas and diversity of opinions is an essential part of our students' learning experience.
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.
- Access the Employee Assistance Program for personal support 24/7.
- 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.
Lastly, as a college community, we need to continue to acknowledge that systemic racism and racial strife remain, and we must be unified in taking bold action to end them. Healing must begin. Our hearts are with George Floyd’s family and loved ones tonight!