April 12, 2021 – Death of Daunte Wright & Campus Safety

Yesterday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, Daunte Wright, a 20 year old Black motorist, was fatally shot by an officer during a traffic stop of which the full details are still being investigated, I am shocked and saddened by this loss of life. I mourn for the countless families impacted by this tragedy. I mourn for the Black lives here and in our society at large who must far too frequently navigate these recurring and re-traumatizing occurrences. At NHCC, we will continue to stand united as a community of care and respect, and as a community that upholds compassion and value for each other.  My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Daunte Wright. 

In Solidarity

In light of recent events, we acknowledge the trauma that this incident causes all of us, so we take this time to recognize the fullness of human value and reinforce to you our commitment to racial healing and upholding anti-racism practices. As always, please take this time to show compassion and care to those around you and with yourself. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Attend our NHCC Community Lessoning Session

    • The NHCC CARE Center Team, in partnership with DEI, will be hosting a campus-wide lessoning session for members to share the grief and support one another during this extremely challenging time. More information to come.

  • Share community resources with others.

  • Encourage students and employees to events hosted by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    • Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8pm: 8th Annual Community Forum on Race - This year’s theme is: Being a fair witness of pain to hold space for healing featuring keynote speaker Dr. Aja King. Dr. King is a Counseling Psychologist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 20 years of mental health experience. She is the creator of Brave Defiance Consulting, which leads community initiatives using transformative coaching, one-on-one training, and leadership development. Dr. King currently serves as the chairperson for the City of Brooklyn Park’s Human Rights Commission. 

  • 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.

Please know that the safety of our students and employees is primary to the advancement of our success. There has been and continues to be a lot of unrest, and it is important that everyone remain safe. Employees that are able to telework should coordinate with their supervisor on a location that meets the needs of safety. Faculty please work with methods of learning that allows our students to continue to learn safely.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Be mindful that those around you may be hurting right now and take steps to extend compassion– in the classroom, in our zoom spaces, and as we interact around the campus. Reach out if you need support, and, as always, let me know if you have any questions. My deepest respect and admiration to you all.

With my warmest thanks and regards,


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