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.
- St. Catherine University | Library Guide on Racial Justice
- St. Catherine University | Library Guide on Policing, Mass Incarceration, and Abolitionist Alternatives
- 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.
- Center for Spirituality and Social Justice
- Student Success at St. Kate's
Connect with faculty and staff to get personal support.
- St. Kate's Health and Wellness Clinic
- Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS)
- St. Kate's Employee Assistance Program
Employees of St. Catherine University, and their family members, have resources available, including free face visits, phone sessions, legal consultations, and other support resources. Read more about St. Kate's Employee Assistance Program.
Additional crisis resources include the National Crisis Text Line, available 24/7/365 by texting HOME to 741741.
- City of Minneapolis Trial Support and Safety
- Hennepin County District 4 Chauvin Trial Updates and Resources
- The Legal Rights Center | Community Perspectives on Justice and the Chauvin Murder Trial - a Virtual Panel
- The Legal Rights Center | Restorative Processing Toolkit (PDF)
- Mapping Social Justice Information Alert | The Trial of Derek Chauvin (PDF)
- MPR News: What you need to know about the Derek Chauvin trial
- Star Tribune | What you need to know about the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin
- Star Tribune | At George Floyd's treatment center, recovering clients see racism in addiction assumptions
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.
- Tuesday, April 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Zoom registration
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
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.
- Most days of the week
- Virtual and in-person options
- Meeting dates, access links, and more information
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