At Dallas College, we are relieved to hear the recent jury verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. We continue to stand in solidarity with our African American students, faculty, staff and community to seek an equitable and just society for all, regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation or occupation.
It was nearly a year ago that the nation was gripped in protest over the heinous murder of George Floyd. While Mr. Chauvin was judged by our justice system to have been found guilty in Mr. Floyd’s death, the verdict is a reminder that we must continue to seek accountability for those who not only break the law, but for those who are also sworn to uphold it.
We are committed to fostering an environment that is supportive of all the diverse cultures that are represented across our seven campuses. In conjunction with our Office of Social Responsibility and Inclusion, we continue to facilitate intentional listening and meaningful dialogue among students, employees and community partners to achieve equity and inclusion in our practices and policies.
Like many who followed the trial, we are grateful for what many believe is a just outcome. However, this reminder of how fragile justice can be only further strengthens our resolve to continue transforming lives and communities through higher education. Let us harness our emotions as a catalyst for meaningful change through learning, listening and teaching.
- Joe May