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.

 

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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.