Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health is hosting an informal discussion about race and policing in America and the Twin Cities on Thursday, July 14; 1:30-2:30 in Room 362 of the West Bank Office Building (1300 S 2nd St, Suite 300). All are welcome to attend to listen and learn, ask questions, share your experiences with all that has been happening, and discuss your thoughts about how we can work to improve our situation from a public health perspective. Light refreshments will be served.
The following statement was sent to the Twin Cities campus community from President Eric W. Kaler and Vice President Katrice A. Albert:
Dear members of the campus community,
We again write to condemn violence and offer support. The murder and injury of police officers in Dallas, who were on duty at a peaceful protest of the recent killings in Louisiana and Minnesota, is beyond reprehensible. At least five police officers serving to protect others were killed, and several were injured, as were civilians. We stand together in pain and mourning with the UMN Police Department and other members of our campus community affiliated with law enforcement.
We know these recent traumatic events add to the sadness, anger, and fear we all feel as we hope for peace, justice, and equity. Together, we struggle for answers, but also are called to remain peaceful and seek meaningful solutions for our community.
Dear University Faculty, P&A Staff, and Students:
As you may know, colleges and universities are subject to significant requirements concerning student Title IX and sexual misconduct cases. The federal Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, signed into law in July 2015, stipulates institutional requirements regarding prevention, reporting, timeline, and sexual misconduct hearing processes.
We are frustrated. We are outraged. We are confused and we are deeply, deeply saddened. In one day, we mourn two lives lost by those who have taken the police oath of honor.
As the Black Student Union and the Black Faculty & Staff Association we are left wondering what are we to do? What can we do? How do we come together to support? How do we prevent others from trying to justify these heinous crimes? These are not just random, disconnected Black deaths, but our classmates, our mentors, our mentees, our models, our neighbors, our relatives, our co-workers and friends. They are us. We are them.
The following statement was sent to the Twin Cities campus community from President Eric W. Kaler and Vice President Katrice A. Albert: Members of the University community, It is with heavy hearts that we share the horrific news about Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man who was killed last night in Falcon Heights, very close to our St. Paul campus. This comes on the heels of the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the shooting of two young Muslim men in Dinkytown, a few blocks from our Minneapolis campus. The University of Minnesota acknowledges that many members of our community have been deeply affected by these and other recent traumatic events, and, as leaders of the University community, we are profoundly saddened and share their outrage. We recognize that these persistent acts of violence against black people affect and disturb us all. We are committed to an inclusive and welcoming campus climate, but tragedies such as these leave many in our community feeling deeply disheartened, concerned and fearful. We must support each other through these painful events, and we want to make sure everyone knows how to access our counseling support services. These services are available to all students, faculty and staff as we deal with racial battle fatigue.