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University of Arizona president releases statement on Chauvin conviction

University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins
University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:26 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 10:04 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - President Robert C. Robbins has released a statement following the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin Tuesday, April 20.

The following message is from President Robert C. Robbins:

With the guilty verdicts announced in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin this afternoon, I want to acknowledge the emotional toll the events of the past eleven months, since the death of George Floyd, has taken on all of us, particularly Black members of our University community.

Having grown up in Mississippi during the height of the Civil Rights movement, cases like this one are seared into my mind as reminders of the injustice suffered by many in this country. It is important we recognize these moments as part of the historical context for today’s news. The verdicts handed down today are important, for sure, but this is just one case and one set of verdicts. We have much more work to do. We need to recommit to building a more just and equitable society, which includes combatting anti-Black racism, if we are to truly live the core values of the University.

Though we cannot erase history, we can grieve its losses and injustices, and we can build a better world if we learn to come together in solidarity to advocate for equal rights and racial justice.

For those of you in need in this moment, I want you to know the University supports you, and I encourage you to take advantage of the available resources. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) website details these resources and is there for you whether you have experienced anti-Black harassment or violence or simply if you need to talk to someone. You may also find the mental health services at Campus Health beneficial, and the Dean of Students stands ready to assist as well.

This moment alone does not define who we are, but it is a moment in which we can come together as a country and as a community. I encourage everyone to use this as an opportunity to advance equality and justice on our campus and in our community, and I ask that we all look deep inside ourselves for the compassion that guides us to believe in each other and respect our differences.

Sincerely,

Robert C. Robbins, M.D.

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