On Friday, April 9, Human Resources Director of Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Tiedeken emailed the members of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in response to the Derek Chauvin trial.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota while being arrested. During the arrest, Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds after he was handcuffed and lying face down, and repeatedly stated that he could not breathe. Former police officer Chauvin is standing trial for the murder of George Floyd, a case that has raised issues of police brutality, racism and accountability, and a call for widespread reform.
As we continue to reflect on what can be done to build a more just society, it may be very difficult to watch the trial of Derek Chauvin currently being televised and reported. We understand that the replay of the facts in this case may lead many people to experience sadness, anger, disappointment, and a range of other emotions in response to Mr. Floyd’s treatment and death. We encourage you to use any of the following resources available to you to support your emotional health and mental well-being, and to schedule time to participate in a Processing Space at the conclusion of the trial:
Resources for Support
- Carebridge: The Employee Assistance Program offered through Carebridge is available to help faculty, staff, and eligible dependents cope with everyday life challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, substance abuse, and more. This benefit offers eight face-to-face, confidential, free counseling sessions, per issue, per person. Carebridge is committed to making available multicultural counseling that offers effective interventions to culturally diverse clients.
- Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma: The Association of Black Psychologists produced this extensive guide of ways to promote healing in individuals, families, and communities.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The Minnesota chapter of NAMI has created a listing of resources for individuals feeling stressed during the Chauvin trial.
- Racial Stress and Self-care for Parents: The American Psychological Association’s Racial and Ethnic Socialization (RES) process helps parents “influence children's racial identity and self-concept, beliefs about the way the world works, and repertoire of strategies and skills for coping with and navigating racism and inter- and intra-racial relationships and interactions.”
Resources for Dialogue
- Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center: The DDNRC’s resources provide tools to engage in difficult conversations in classroom and other settings.
- Living Room Conversations: Provide a simple guide to begin to engage in conversations across topics of conversation such as race, nationality, gender, age, and more.
- Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race guide may be helpful in preparing to navigate discussions about race and racism.
A limited number of Processing Spaces for staff will be scheduled at the close of the trial. Please complete this form to receive a calendar invitation to the processing spaces once scheduled. Attendance will be first come, first served. We otherwise direct you to please leverage the resources provided above.
Please contact Kimberly Tiedeken with questions.