A Message from President Denise M. Trauth
April 20, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
There are defining moments for a nation, and today’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin case for the killing of George Floyd is one of them. It is also a defining moment for Texas State University.
How will we move forward from this moment? We will remain in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and uphold our value of social justice. We will provide a safe university environment for expression, healing, and processing the trial. Let this moment unite, not divide us.
People of color in our university community – our friends, colleagues, and classmates – are angry, weary, and emotionally drained. The strain and trauma of the trial has been compounded by ongoing incidents of bias and racism in our country and the stress of the pandemic. This moment calls for our Bobcat community to extend compassion, support, and care through our actions.
For those hurting and struggling, we want to support you. In preparation for the trial verdict, Texas State’s Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives (IIE-SI) planned several university events and activities to support our students, staff, and faculty as they process, unpack, and discuss the trial’s impact.
- Space for Reflection, Meditation, & Small Group Discussions: The IIE-SI office suite located on the second floor of the LBJ Student Center 2-20.0 provides spaces for university community members to come and go at any time during normal business hours. Its Unity Lounge has been designated as an open space for reflection and the adjoining conference rooms provide personal spaces for meditation and small group discussions.
- Virtual Unpacking & Listening Zoom Call: At 6 pm tonight, IIE-SI will hold a virtual Zoom call for students, faculty, and staff to discuss the trial.
- In-person Unpacking & Listening Sessions: Tomorrow, April 21, at noon, IIE-SI will hold an in-person event featuring leaders from IIE-SI and faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice.
Details about these opportunities and additional events planned for exchange, learning, healing, and support can be found at the main Institutional Inclusive Excellence-Student Initiatives webpage.
This moment also requires us to take care of ourselves and others. If you choose to gather to peacefully demonstrate, stay vigilant about following COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. Practice social distancing and wear a face covering. Also, follow the guidelines in place for peaceful Demonstrations on University Property.
We reaffirm that racism and injustice have no place at Texas State, and will use our collective knowledge and skills to do our part in building a world where people do not fear for their lives because of the color of their skin.
Denise M. Trauth