April 20, 2021
Dear Campus Community,
The trial of Derek Chauvin has reached an end today as he was found guilty on all charges. Now a much longer process continues, as we strive to heal and address underlying issues of racism, discrimination and disrespect in our society.
George Floyd’s death, as well as continued acts of violence and loss of life, have been traumatic for many. We want you to know that if you are feeling stress from this situation or by personal issues that may have been raised by this experience, please know that you are not alone.
We have many resources available, both to address reports of discrimination and harassment as well as to provide support. Those include our Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, MUPD, the Wellness Resource Center, the Counseling Center and our various support centers within the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. Additionally, the Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff.
The provost and I invite you to attend an in-person Tiger Support session within the next few days. Please watch for details in President Choi’s blog and in Show Me Mizzou. Those who would like to come and process any feelings or thoughts are welcome and we will have members of our support teams available. Other leaders across campus expect to offer similar opportunities.
Mizzou is a place where future leaders find their footing and make positive change that keeps society moving in the right direction. Honest conversations and mutual support are essential to helping us process the tragedies and violence we have witnessed as we seek — and all contribute to — a more inclusive future.
Mun Choi, Ph.D.
President, University of Missouri
Latha Ramchand, Ph.D.
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
University of Missouri