Thursday, June 4, 2020

Department of Psychology Takes Time to Discuss the Police Killing of George Floyd

Monday, June 1st, 2020 the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota hosted a Town Hall for students, faculty, and staff.  The meeting was facilitated by Rich Lee, Associate Chair for Research, and provided a safe place for individuals to share their feelings and experiences around the murder of George Floyd by police, the protests, and civil unrest and violence that has since followed.  People spoke about their worries and fears as racialized minorities in our community, the violence in the streets amidst the peaceful protests, and concerns and experiences with police.

The town hall was closed by Jeff Simpson, Department Chair, in which he brought up a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;  “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”  Simpson reflects that we all can do things to make this city/state/country/world a better place for all peoples.