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Statement on Racial Violence in Policing

Recently, we learned that former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. We hope that the jury’s verdict represents a measure of accountability and peace for George Floyd’s family, his loved ones and the communities that have been impacted by his tragic death.

While the verdict in the Chauvin case represents an important departure from the historical lack of accountability, we must recognize the ongoing pain, anger, fear, demoralization, and trauma that befalls members of the Black community and other communities of color with each incidence of violence at the hands of police. In recent weeks, the police have killed Daunte Wright (age 20), Adam Toledo (age 13), and Ma’Khia Bryant (age 16). In fact, since the beginning of 2020, at least 238 Black men and women (136 of which were unarmed) have been shot to death by police, representing nearly 50% of all police shooting deaths, despite representing only 13.4% of the US population.

We continue to affirm our collective and individual commitments to look inward and work toward becoming anti-racist in our university and community activities; and, to provide resources and support to assist those who need the most help in the wake of these events. We also stand with our colleagues across the country and university in denouncing police violence and structural racism and supporting police reform. 

Below we provide local resources and information to help those in need of additional support during these times. In addition, we are working to create safe spaces for Black students and other students of color within existing departmental structures as well as considering new opportunities for providing these spaces.

PSU Resources

  • Penn State Report Bias
  • If you would like to talk to a peer for support or to get help with resources, the BRIDGE diversity alliance in Psychology has office hours you may attend. For details please contact bridgepennstate@gmail.com 
  • BRIDGE has also compiled an anti-racism resource bank that contains resources for the well-being of Black Students (and other students of color), as well as resources for allies.
  • Penn State CAPS has a specific page for racial and ethnic minority groups
  • The Paul Robeson Cultural Center provides resources and programming
  • For employees needing support, the Penn State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), through the EAP+Work/Life program, offers short-term counseling from licensed EAP professionals, by phone, email or in person to help employees better cope with personal, family and work issues. EAP also offers access to Personal Health Advocates, who can help navigate healthcare and insurance systems, efficiently and dependably

Local Community Resources

Resources on learning more about law enforcement violence

A Recent Academic Article

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