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 for killing Floyd began on March 8, 2021. On April 20, jurors found the former police officer guilty on all counts, and Chauvin was sentenced on June 25. 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.
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 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
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
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