Organizations and Campus Diversity Vice President Emilee Harmon of the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) issued the following message today, Friday, April 23:
Students in the Utah State University community are hurting. The recently concluded Derek Chauvin trial has amplified the trauma experienced by Black and African American people over the past few weeks. Though the outcome of the trial may help alleviate the pain of the family and communities grieving George Floyd, we are reminded that the movement for racial justice will continue until Black people can live free from fear.
News of the killings of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and Ma’Khia Bryant and recent violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander people have further caused pain and distress in these communities. And, for more than a year now, the hurt and helplessness experienced by Black and Brown people have been compounded by a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted people of color.
To our fellow students: we see you, and we stand with you.
We must acknowledge the danger of systemic racism in our society and the roles we each play in upholding oppression. Rather than passively standing by and condoning hate, we must actively be upstanders in situations of intolerance and take action toward an anti-racist society.
Let us stand together at this time and commit to being a part of the solution. We invite every Aggie to accept the call for change and stand in solidarity with one another.
Students in need of help processing these distressing events are further encouraged to access USU’s student services, including the therapy and crisis counseling services provided at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Inclusion Center’s students of color solidarity groups. Students can also seek support, report issues, and get involved in the building of a safer, more inclusive community with the Aggies Think, Care, Act initiative at thinkcareact.usu.edu.
USU Diversity VP