The Derek Chauvin Verdict: April 20, 2021

Dear All,

Today’s guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin provides a sense of closure and justice in a case that triggered protests around the country and the world — and here on our own campus. Of course, a single verdict does not solve the larger societal issues that have led to the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans. The tragedy of his murder and the horror of witnessing it will remain with all of us. 

There is still a lot of work still to be done in the country, and here at the GSB. Over the last year, we have made real progress against the goals set forth in the GSB Action Plan for Racial Equity, which was created with significant input from our Black students, alumni, staff, and faculty. We know that this work is ongoing and collective. We remain committed to the goals laid out in the APRE and invite you to continue to partner with us in this important work. 

As we move forward from today, let us remember the events of the last year — so that they inspire us to work toward a more just and equitable future.