Navigating the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Murder of George Floyd: Opportunities for Advocacy and Healing

Join experts from UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the UVA School of Law and the University Police Department for a four-part series examining Derek Chauvin’s ongoing trial for the death of George Floyd, a Black man accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store on May 25, 2020. Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after then-Officer Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest that appeared otherwise non-violent. During the ongoing trial, witnesses have described their own trauma from being present at the scene and feeling powerless to intervene or help in any way.

Cortney Hawkins, the University Police Department’s diversity officer, and Marrissa Jones, the Batten School’s social equity advisor, will co-moderate a panel discussion with community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust building in response to instances of racial injustice. The ongoing and disparate impacts of racism and systematic oppression can lead to higher rates of racial trauma and mental health concerns, demonstrating the need for community healing. The panelists will speak to the importance of bridging advocacy and healing to strengthen communities.

Panelists:

  • Burke Brownfeld, Founder, Sig Global Services
  • Gene Cash, Founder and CEO, Counseling Alliance of Virginia
  • Wyatt Rolla, Interim Director, Legal Aid Justice Center Civil Rights and Racial Justice Program
  • Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation
  • Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science; Founding Director, Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation; Co-Director, The Cincinnati Project; University of Cincinnati

This series is co-sponsored by the Batten School, the UVA Law Center for Criminal Justice and the University Police Department. All events are free and open to the public. Please visit batten.virginia.edu/about/events for the most up-to-date information on the event series.

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