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Derek Chauvin verdict

A message from President Davidson

April 20, 2021 


Dear Roadrunners,


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 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:

For students: 

For faculty and staff:

Colorado Crisis Services
Call 1-844-493-8255 24/7/365 or begin a text conversation at any time by texting TALK to 38255.

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