There are many different ways to react as you process the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd as well as the aftermath unfolding in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul.
You may be sad. You may be angry.
You may be scared. You may be ashamed.
You may want to take action. You may not know how.
For me, I am both sad and angry, yet hopeful. As communities around our state come together to support one another, to grieve, and to protest, please know that we are with you in wanting to make this world a better place, a place where we can all feel safe, valued, and respected.
And please know that we are here for you and will continue to support you, wherever you are. The services of our Inclusion and Diversity team are available to all Winona State University students—for those who need to talk and to understand, and for those who need to share their concerns and their fears.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Floyd, and with those unduly impacted by the unrest. Please, if you choose to take action by joining a public demonstration, we ask that you do so peacefully and safely.