Trial Community Resources and Support

Coming Together as a Community

Last May, our state and country were rocked by the killing of George Floyd. The first trial of one the officers charged in Mr. Floyd’s death resulted in a guilty conviction on all three counts, and our community continues to face the difficulties of how to understand and process this conviction, and following trials that will come for the other three officers and the officer who killed Daunte Wright, under a heavy local and national spotlight.

To aid in that process and provide support for members of our St. Catherine community,  a cross-functional team has been assembled to help advise on the actions we take during this time. The goals of this team are to: 

  • Support our community in living our mission and values through love of the dear neighbor.

  • Ensure the safety of our community members as we are able. 

  • Provide space and opportunity for care of self and others to process this experience, to listen, and to give and receive support. 

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Support Resources

St. Kate’s Counseling Center:

  • BIPOC drop-in hours. Fridays, 1-3 p.m. through Zoom. No appointment required. More information here and below.
  • After-hours support is also offered through the St. Kate's Crisis Counseling line (in partnership with ProtoCall) which can be reached by dialing 651-690-6805 and pressing 1 at the prompt.

Events

This virtual panel hosted by the Legal Rights Center will be an opportunity for community perspectives to be shared on Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd. Discussion will include the case made by Chauvin's defense team and any closing arguments made to date.

The St. Kate's Counseling Center is hosting drop-in hours meant to provide easy access to informal, confidential consultation for students specifically hoping to connect with a BIPOC-identified counselor. Students are able to meet with Rebecca from the St. Kate's Counseling Center for 15-20 minute conversations. The counselor will listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources. More information

  • Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
  • First come, first served - no appointment required
  • Zoom link

Hosted by the Legal Rights Center, this space is open to any community members in Minneapolis who would like to sit in circle together to process the trial of former officer Chauvin.

This approximately 20-minute interfaith prayer experience begins with a timely daily reflection from a different religious/spiritual leader each day. The reflection is followed by a period of 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silent prayer — the length of time former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin had his knee on the neck of George Floyd, resulting in his tragic death — and closes with music and an invitation to offer your own prayers and thoughts in writing.

The virtual prayer tent will continue daily throughout the course of the trial.

Learn more about the Healing Our City Virtual Prayer Tent, organized by Sondra Samuels, the President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone and her husband Don Samuels, a community builder and social entrepreneur.

Ramsey County is hosting a series of virtual and in-person community healing circles to address the hurt and trauma caused by the killing of George Floyd last summer, the civil unrest that followed in our neighborhoods, and the ongoing trial. These circles are led by experienced individual healers who are embedded in the community and use their lived experiences, expertise and training to facilitate a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for participants to express themselves.

Trial Team Members

  • Matt Goodwin, Associate Provost of Student Affairs
  • Nancy Heitzeg, Endowed Professor in the Sciences, Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity
  • Victor Juran, Director of Public Safety
  • D’Ann Lesch, Strategic Initiative Director, Office of Scholarly Engagement
  • Sandra Mitchell, Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Becky Roloff, President
  • Toccara Stark, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
  • Pa Der Vang, Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts, Director of The Neufeld Initiative, Associate Professor of Social Work
Page last updated 05/14/2021