Mitchell College President Dr. Tracy Y. Espy Statement on the Chauvin Verdict.

Nearly one year ago, following the killing of George Floyd, the country and the world erupted in demonstrations and protests demanding change to our systems and a more equitable democracy.

The April 20 verdict of guilty on all counts in the trial of Derek Chauvin is a step in the right direction; after weeks and months of holding a collective breath, a collective exhale can be breathed. Still, there is much more work to be done to ensure equity and inclusion of all marginalized people.

How can we keep moving forward?

We must consistently call out hate, racism and injustice whenever we see it. We must expose the plight of the individuals and groups who are on the receiving end of these acts and share their burden through empathy and compassion.

Our students understand this and recently organized several excellent, thought-provoking and timely programs to bring these issues to light – events for Black History month, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Social Justice Week, and the forum Standing Against Asian Hate.

There is momentum in the Mitchell College community to make a positive difference in society. We all play a part in creating a better tomorrow, working toward equity and diversity.

If not you, who?