Statement, April 20, 2021
Statement re: Chauvin Trial Verdict
Like the rest of the country, we are closely following the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. The decision is now up to the jury and the established judicial process of this nation. Like many of you, we anxiously await this verdict and the reactions to that outcome. We believe it is incredibly important to acknowledge the implications of this trial for our community, both broadly and at the University of Arizona. We recognize the impact of this decision as a barometer of broader social justice. Many of us await the outcome of this trial with sadness, anger, and apprehension. However, the issue of structural and interpersonal racism will not end with this verdict. Rather, it should be a catalyst for us all to engage in efforts of social justice reform in our work and in our daily lives. We join you in this moment and beyond to pursue the change that we all want and need so that all members of our community can live life as equals.
We encourage anyone who needs support, whether it is yourself or others, to reach out. Below is a list of resources that may be of help.
- Located in Tucson? Call the Crisis Support - CODAC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 520-622-6000.
- Are you a University of Arizona student? If it is not an emergency and you are a UA student, call or walk-in to Counseling and Psych Services at 520-621-3334 Monday - Friday. Walk-in triage is available between 9 am and 4 pm Monday - Friday.
- Are you a concerned friend? Concerned friends can find out more about helping a friend who might be experiencing problems through our Friend 2 Friend website.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provides crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. Find out more about how it works at crisistextline.org.
Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth through the Trevor Project:
- The Trevor Lifeline is a 24/7 suicide hotline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
- TrevorChat: Online instant messaging available 7 days a week, 3 pm - 10 pm ET (12 pm -- 7 pm PT)
- TrevorText: Confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (available 7 days a week, 3 pm - 10 pm ET, 12 pm -- 7 pm PT)
- Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
- Loveisrespect (National Dating Abuse Helpline): Call 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453). Text LOVEIS to 22522 - you'll receive a response from a peer advocate prompting you for your question. Go ahead and text your comment or question and we will reply.