University Park, IL,
17:55 PM

Governors State Speaks Out Against Racism and Hate

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The tragedy of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis is jarring, heartbreaking, and yet unfortunately all too familiar. For the last few weeks, we have witnessed acts of racism on the news and social media. From Eric Ferguson, Ahmaud Arbery, to Breonna Taylor, as well as Christian Cooper earlier this week, we have seen numerous incidents of racially-motivated harassment, many resulting in death, perpetrated against the Black and African American community. These events cause frustration, anger, grief, and sadness with our inability to conquer racism and protect those individuals we cherish, as well as our communities. We are reminded that racism, divisiveness, and the resulting consequences are deeply embedded in the United States.

In these times of darkness, let us protect and care for one another. The GSU community stands together in solidarity against racism and hate.

As the significance and scope of this tragedy unfold, we may experience feelings that are difficult to manage and I encourage you to ask for help. Find people (friends, family, and mental health professionals) who can offer a listening ear, and please know that support is always available. The Counseling Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offers free, confidential telecounseling services. GSU students can contact the Counseling Center at 708.235.7641 or to schedule an appointment.


Corey M. Williams

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, &

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Pronouns: He, Him, His

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