The University of Toledo recognizes that today’s guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd may elicit a wide range of emotions for members of our campus community.
The University of Toledo has a number of resources available for students, faculty and staff:
For faculty and staff:
• Employee Assistance Program through Impact Solutions – 1-800-227-6007
Floyd’s death last summer sparked a nationwide movement to confront systemic racism fueled by racial injustice and police brutality. UToledo students, faculty and staff have been leaders in our community advocating for change.
“Especially during this time when people across the country are united in protests against racism, it is important to reflect on our history and seize this opportunity to move forward, together, and do better,” UToledo President Gregory Postel wrote in a letter to campus Tuesday.
The President noted that as an institution of higher education, UToledo has both an opportunity and responsibility to be leaders in the fight for social justice reform both on and off our campus.
“We must facilitate the critical conversations necessary to identify and eliminate inequities. It is only by embracing that which makes each of us unique that we can fulfill our mission to improve the human condition for all.”
Additional information will be released this week on a special Dialogue on Diversity the UToledo Office of Diversity and Inclusion is planning with a focus on the Chauvin trial, today’s verdict and how we can move forward together. Additional opportunities for discussions in a safe and structured environment are being planned to process today’s verdict.
The University Counseling Center provides resources for supporting marginalized populations, promoting social justice and coping with current events on its social justice and diversity resources website.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has additional resources on its racial equity at UToledo website.