Chauvin Trial Resources

On May 25, 2020, an encounter between a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, and a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd resulted in Floyd’s tragic death. Chauvin's trial began on March 8, 2021, and on April 20, jurors found the former police officer guilty on all counts. Below are resources to help faculty, staff and students at the University at Buffalo during this time. For more information on the events preceding the trial, visit our page on George Floyd's Death.

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President's Letters

Events

Real Talk: Open Conversations on Race, Justice and the Chauvin Trial

Date and Time: Monday, April 19 to Thursday, April 22 (multiple events, see details here)

Description: Residential Life will be holding a series of dialogue circles, both in-person and virtually, to allow members of our community to come together to listen, process, and reflect on issues of race and justice. Find event details and Zoom links on the Campus Living website.

Presented by Campus Living

Community Conversations: Grappling with Grief, Injustice, and Race-Based Violence

Community Conversations seek to hold a virtual space for faculty, staff, and students to gather and engage in meaningful dialogue to address the current national climate including social justice issues like race-based violence, police and policing, inequity, activism, and finding support and community during a pandemic. These conversations will not be limited to the trial verdict. Topics will vary based on what participants bring into the space.

Presented by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

UB Counseling Services Community Listening Sessions on Racialized Trauma

Dates & Times: Friday, April 16, Monday, April 19, Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22 (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

In response to the Derek Chauvin trial, the shooting and death of Daunte Wright and recent increase in racialized violence, Counseling Services will be hosting virtual drop-in community listening workshops that focus on recognizing and coping with racialized trauma. Listening Sessions provide an opportunity for the UB community to share how they have been emotionally and psychologically impacted by recent incidents of racialized violence in the U.S. and the subsequent civil unrest that has followed. Ways to identify peaceful action, inclusivity, coping and support will be discussed.

Friday, 4/16, 11:00am-12:00pm: Open to all racial groups https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/99486650445?pwd=dTZ4RDVaS0RZRlA1QzIwRi9SSUFzQT09

Monday, 4/19, 3:00-4:00pm: Open to all racial groups https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/97388873896?pwd=UEVqY0tmdllNeHV6Wnp2MWpFUk9xQT09

Wednesday, 4/21 12:00-1:00pm: Open to all racial groups https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/94671703184?pwd=aFlVT1FjVFNXSHpuai85Ukt3ZU9KQT09

Thursday, 4/22 , 4:00-5:00pm: Person of Color Affinity Group https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/96837979850?pwd=eHpNb1lDei9pTVpYMWhWQnZRd2wrdz09

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services

George Floyd, Policing, and Race: A Conversation on the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Date and Time: Monday, April 19, 3:00 to 4:00pm

Speakers: Guyora Binder, Luis Chiesa, and Ekow Yankah

Description: Panelists discussed the ways in which law and race intersect in the trial of Derek Chauvin. The topics discussed included: (1) whether Chauvin's use of force was justified; (2) the defense's claim that Chauvin's conduct was not the actual cause of Floyd's death; (3) the distinctions between the different homicide offenses that Chauvin was charged with; and (4) the procedural obstacles that make it particularly difficult to secure convictions when the defendant is a cop and the victim is a black man. Click here for more information.

Presented by the University at Buffalo School of Law

Resources for Students

Facts About the Trial

Mental Health Resources

UB Counseling Services
  • In response to the Derek Chauvin trial, the shooting and death of Daunte Wright and recent increase in racialized violence, Counseling Services will be hosting virtual drop-in community listening workshops that focus on recognizing and coping with racialized trauma. Listening Sessions provide an opportunity for the UB community to share how they have been emotionally and psychologically impacted by recent incidents of racialized violence in the U.S. and the subsequent civil unrest that has followed. Ways to identify peaceful action, inclusivity, coping and support will be discussed.

Additional Resources

  • UB Counseling Services also offers a University at Buffalo Community Mental Health Provider Database
  • Anyone from the higher education community can text Got5U to 741 741 on the Crisis Text Line. Crisis counselors are available 24/7
  • The Governor launched a statewide partnership with Headspace; a meditation and mindfulness app which provides guided meditations for a variety of situations free online for all New Yorkers

Resources and Advice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Resources

General Advice

  • Encourage students to take care of their mental health needs and raise awareness of the resources available to them, such as UB Counseling Services
  • Model actions by attending to your own needs during times of increased stress, allowing students permission to care for themselves as they pursue academic and professional goals.
  • When interacting with students:    
    • Ask students directly how they are doing, take their lead on the conversation, and avoid probing if they choose not to respond
    • Focus on the concerns or requests expressed by students and do not assume you know students’ identities or concerns
  • In classroom settings:    
    • Explicitly acknowledge the trial and the impact it may have on students.
    • Provide more drop-in office hours for students and state if they can be used for a general check-in, not just for course-related questions
    • Acknowledge that students may feel distracted and disengaged from their work in the lead-up to, during, and after the trial
    • Communicate directly if you are able to offer flexibility and what types of flexibility are available