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Critical Incident Message – Statement on the death of George Floyd

Posted by on Friday, May 29, 2020 in Responses.

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

ResourceWebsiteContactCampus Location
Black Cultural Center, Bishop Joseph JohnsonWebsite615-322-2524Vanderbilt Place, Map
Center for Student WellbeingWebsite615-322-04801211 Stevenson Center Lane
Dean of StudentsWebsite615-322-6400
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 310
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Website615-936-1327
Graduate Life CoachWebsite
International Student & Scholar ServicesWebsite615-322-2753Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100
2301 Vanderbilt Place
LGBTQI LifeWebsite615-322-3330
Provost’s Office for Inclusive ExcellenceWebsite615-343-7083
Kirkland Hall, Suite 301
Office of Housing and Residential ExperienceWebsite615-322-2591
4100 Branscomb Quadrangle
Office of Religious LifeWebsite615-322-2457
Grief Net: 615-322-6172
401 24th Avenue South
Project Safe CenterWebsite615-322-7233 (24-Hour Hotline)Cumberland (304) West Side Row
Rohr Chabad House at VanderbiltWebsite615-686-3905113 23rd Avenue North
Student Accountability, Community Standards & Academic IntegrityWebsite615-322-7868Sarratt Student Center, Suite 301
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Student Care CoordinationWebsite615-343-9355Rand Hall, Suite 305
Student Center for Social Justice & IdentityWebsite615-322-5089Sarratt Student Center, Suite 335
Title IX and Student DiscriminationWebsite615-343-9004 (V/TDD)Baker Building, Suite 975
University Counseling CenterWebsite615-322-2571 (during and after business hours)2015 Terrace Place
Drop-In Consultations at Multiple Campus Locations
Vanderbilt HillelWebsite615-322-8376Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place
Women’s Center, Margaret CuninggimWebsite615-322-4843Franklin (316) West Side Row