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Message Regarding Verdict in Chauvin Trial

Dear SMD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows,

Like us, most of you have probably been watching the Derek Chauvin trial today. Like us, you may also have felt intense nervousness when the jury returned to the courthouse, to announce their verdict. 

That the jury found Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd is an important step toward accountability - and a moment that none of us will soon forget. 

We heard from current learners and alumni within minutes of the verdict, expressing feelings of joy, relief, anger, and sadness (to name just some of the emotions). Often all at once. 

Likely, many of you are experiencing the very same intense feelings. 

The verdict is a step in the right direction, but it also underscores how far we need to go, to achieve justice and enduring change.  Furthermore, it reminds us that research and learning do not occur in a vacuum. We are all connected, and we live within a larger society that has a very, very long way to go.

That goes for the School of Medicine and Dentistry too. There is so much to do. 

Over the next few days, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) will be providing opportunities for learners to reflect and process the verdict. Please stayed tuned for updates. Other resources are listed below.  In addition, we are here to help and to listen as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Finally, we are grateful for your partnership in working toward greater equity, inclusion and justice here at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

In solidarity,

Richard T. Libby, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, SMD

Stephen Dewhurst
Vice Dean for Research, SMD

Resources Available to You:

CARE Network Resource Center – University-wide for students

University Counseling Center – University-wide for students; (585) 275-3113; 24 hours a day

University Faith Communities – at the Interfaith Chapel, for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff; (585) 275-4321

Chaplaincy Services – at Medical Center, for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff; (585) 275-2222; 24 hours a day 

Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence – 585-463-3265

Employee Assistance Program – for postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff; (585) 276-9110