The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) acknowledges the hurt and heartache from the recent documented murders of Black community members by different police departments as well as by other civilians. The video of George Floyd’s atrocious murder at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers has unfortunately become a common sight in the age of social media. Mr. Floyd is just one example of lethal state sanctioned violence against the Black community that spans the country from coast to coast. Sadly, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Nina Pop are recent examples. It is important to note that not all Black deaths have been reported or received the proper acknowledgement, and not all Black deaths have prompted this level of outrage, but all Black deaths are worthy of this type of energy. There also ongoing injustices facing marginalized people including violence against LGBTQ+ folks, mass deportations of undocumented communities, COVID-19 fueling anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. These are the struggles of the students that OIIR directly serves and has to combat on a daily basis.
These acts of violence against members of the Black community have a long, unforgivable history in the United States and are only more known to the masses due to them being shared on social media. Continuously watching such unfathomable violence can take a toll on one’s spirit and mental psyche. The vicarious trauma from watching the deaths of Black civilians can be triggering to have these images and videos consumed all across feeds, especially for Black communities. As such, we would like to share some resources to help process your wide-ranging feelings including but not limited to anger, helplessness and sadness. We are and have always been resilient. Take up space and process in the ways that feel most meaningful to you. Black people: we see you and we love you dearly. “Caring for [yourself], is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare” – Audre Lorde. Your existence and resistance is a revolutionary act.
Below are some resources for students, faculty and staff as we process this pain:
Asian American Cultural Center
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
CU Trauma Resiliency Initiative
Diversity and Social Justice Education
La Casa Cultural Latina
LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund
LGBTQ Resource Center
McKinley Health Center
MN Specific Resource From Grassroots Organizers:
Native American House
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Women’s Resources Center