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Statement from President Mantella: Tragic Killing of Daunte Wright

April 14, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

In the midst of the murder trial of George Floyd, the tragic killing of Daunte Wright compounds the trauma and heartbreak that has been an ongoing reality for the Black community. Sadly, these tragedies revive deep wounds.

As a university and a country, we must continue to do the critical work of ending systemic racism. At Grand Valley State University, our anti-racism work is ongoing through the Network of Advisors for Racial Equity (www.gvsu.edu/inclusion/action) and through our intentional examination of our own campus safety and law enforcement practices.

Change is needed, and we must do our part through education and action. The impact of collective trauma in our communities of color is devastating for all of us. 

We are committed to each member of our community and their well-being. We care deeply about our students, faculty, and staff who are especially hurting. The University Counseling Center offers support for students experiencing overwhelming emotions and the Human Resources Office provides a number of resources for employees. The Division of Inclusion and Equity is also available for support by email at [email protected].


Philomena V. Mantella, President

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