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Support for the CMU Community After Verdict in Trial of Derek Chauvin

April 22, 2021
On Tuesday afternoon, the world heard from the jury for the trial of Derek Chauvin: guilty on all charges. Decades from now, people will tell their grandchildren they remember where they were when they heard the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial. Some will recall cheers and feelings of relief, while others will be absorbing the truth that more than 400 years of injustice and anguish did not evaporate with one trial's outcome. Understandably, you may have complicated feelings of joy, sadness and lingering pain to process.

Please know we are here for you. You are not alone. Take the time you need for self-care and reflection. Talk with your friends, family and colleagues about their perspectives as well. Moments like these demonstrate the need for coordinated responses that pull together partners from across campus. Much of this good work was already being done and one of my first acts has been to uplift those efforts for wider audiences while recommending new outreach efforts. Consider referring to the resource materials and support systems listed below.

In solidarity,
Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant
Vice Provost for DEI and Chief Diversity Officer


For Students, Faculty, Staff and More


Anti-Racism and Racial Justice

CMU Resources


For Faculty, Staff and Supervisors

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FocusU Courses

Trainings on Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion

FocusU Book Reviews

Guidance Resources
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Stress and Emotional Management

On-Demand EAP Webinars

Toolkits (PDFs)

Resources for Parents and Children


Guidance Resources (EAP)

Additional Resources (CMU)

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