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The Derek Chauvin trial: Resources and support for the University community

As the trial of Derek Chauvin comes to a close, and as the nation continues to grapple with a spate of violence and killings over the last few weeks, Princeton is offering resources to the University community, including virtual spaces for processing and discussion. Events such as these challenge us as a community, and also can take a toll on us as individuals. Please seek support if you need it, and offer the same to fellow community members. Princeton was also mentioned in an April 20 abc.com story about universities that are providing mental health support to students as the Derek Chauvin trial continues.

Resources for the University community

Resources for dialogue

  • Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center: The DDNRC’s resources provide tools to engage in difficult conversations in classroom and other settings.
  • Living Room Conversations: Provide a simple guide to begin to engage in conversations across topics of conversation such as race, nationality, gender, age, and more.
  • Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race guide may be helpful in preparing to navigate discussions about race and racism.

Processing spaces

Processing spaces for Princeton students and staff will be held with Dr. George James, therapist and assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University.

  • For all students, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Register online.
  • For all staff: 4-5:15 p.m. Monday, April 26. Register online.

Virtual events

April 29. 5:30 p.m. "The Chauvin Verdict: A Psychological, Legal and Societal Reckoning." In this vital conversation, Jonathan Mummolo, assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton, civil rights attorney Caroline Clark, and Dr. George James, therapist and assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University, will break down the trial of Derek Chauvin and discuss the outcome. The conversation will center on the political aspects and race in policing and civilian-police interactions past, present and future. Panelists will also focus on the effects of trauma stemming from the trial and the continued killings and deaths of Black and Brown bodies at the hands of state violence. Moderated by Soorya Baliga, youth adviser for Not in Our Town Princeton. Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Not in Our Town Princeton. Register online.