Critical Incident Message – Statement on the death of George Floyd
The recent events in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd have once again cast a spotlight on the challenges that African Americans and people of color face in this country. Mr. Floyd’s terrible, unnecessary and untimely death, as well as his treatment during his last seven minutes of life, again raises the existential question of whether some lives are more valued than others.
Life is to be cherished and its protection falls on the shoulders of all of us, but even more importantly, on those given the authority to protect and defend our lives and laws.
In all our roles as educators, scholars and stewards of the best ideas and values of a civil society, we must be part of the national chorus that cries out that all lives are valuable. Furthermore, as a community we should question why incidents such as these continue to occur, and what role we can play in creating a fairer and just world.
At Vanderbilt, equity, diversity and inclusion are a major and treasured part of our ethos, and we do not tolerate racism, prejudice, hatred or violence in any form.
Resources for the Vanderbilt Community
|Black Cultural Center, Bishop Joseph Johnson||Website||615-322-2524||Vanderbilt Place, Map|
|Center for Student Wellbeing||Website||615-322-0480||1211 Stevenson Center Lane|
|Dean of Students||Website||615-322-6400||Sarratt Student Center, Suite 310|
|Employee Assistance Program (EAP)||Website||615-936-1327|
|Graduate Life Coach||Website|
|International Student & Scholar Services||Website||615-322-2753||Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100
2301 Vanderbilt Place
|Office for Inclusive Excellence||Website||615-343-6979||Kirkland Hall, Suite 105|
|Office of Housing and Residential Experience||Website||615-322-2591||4100 Branscomb Quadrangle|
|Office of Religious Life||Website||615-322-2457|
Grief Net: 615-322-6172
|401 24th Avenue South|
|Project Safe Center||Website||615-322-7233 (24-Hour Hotline)||Cumberland (304) West Side Row|
|Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt||Website||615-686-3905||113 23rd Avenue North|
|Student Accountability, Community Standards & Academic Integrity||Website||615-322-7868||Sarratt Student Center, Suite 301
2301 Vanderbilt Place
|Student Care Coordination||Website||615-343-9355||Rand Hall, Suite 305|
|Student Center for Social Justice & Identity||Website||615-322-5089||Sarratt Student Center, Suite 335|
|Title IX and Student Discrimination||Website||615-343-9004 (V/TDD)||Baker Building, Suite 975|
|University Counseling Center||Website||615-322-2571 (during and after business hours)||2015 Terrace Place
Drop-In Consultations at Multiple Campus Locations
|Vanderbilt Hillel||Website||615-322-8376||Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place|
|Women’s Center, Margaret Cuninggim||Website||615-322-4843||Franklin (316) West Side Row|