Derek Chauvin verdict
Derek Chauvin verdict
A message from President Davidson
April 20, 2021
As mentioned in my message to the MSU Denver community this morning, coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial and other tragic killings of Black men in the past month have highlighted the pain, fear and outrage over racial injustice in the United States.
With the announcement of today’s guilty verdicts, much more emotion will be experienced, especially for our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Many will feel mixed emotions, including relief at justice served. Others will feel sadness at the ongoing racially motivated violence in our country that cannot be cured with the completion of one court case.
To support our faculty and staff process and debrief, the University is hosting a Dialogue in Healing from 2 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21. More information and the Zoom link will be available in tomorrow’s Early Bird.
For our students, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion is collaborating with the Counseling Center to hold virtual spaces for MSU Denver students to come together to process, debrief and engage in healing.
Student-Centered Space Session 1: Wednesday, April 21 | Noon – 1 p.m.
Student-Centered Space Session 2: Thursday, April 22| Noon – 1 p.m.
MSU Denver students interested in attending either event can email email@example.com for the Microsoft Teams links.
The University remains committed to addressing systemic racism, white supremacy, marginalization, inequity and the role of power and privilege in our communities. We have a responsibility and opportunity to break down systemic racism while simultaneously building a more equitable and inclusive MSU Denver community.
Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
President, MSU Denver
Mental Health Resources:
- Counseling Center (303-615-9988)
- Health Center at Auraria (303-615-9999, or 303-615-9911 after hours)
- Student Care Center (303-615-0006)
- Contact MSU Denver’s CARE Team if you are concerned about the well-being of another student.
For faculty and staff:
- Colorado State Employee Assistance Program
- Call 303-866-4314 or complete the online form to make an appointment
Colorado Crisis Services
Call 1-844-493-8255 24/7/365 or begin a text conversation at any time by texting TALK to 38255.