The news coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd has been a painful reminder of racialized trauma, both witnessed and lived experiences. In response to the announcement of the trial verdict on Tuesday afternoon, April 20, Organizational Learning, OHEI and ODEI are collaborating to offer safe spaces—Community Listening Circles—for the U-M community to come together to process the impact following the trial verdict. These Community Listening Circles will allow us to hold space for the range of emotions many of us feel, from a moment of relief at the verdict to continued outrage at the trial and anxiety around the sentence outcome.
Community Listening Circles are a way of bringing people together to understand one another, strengthen bonds and actively listen with empathy in a structured form of intergroup dialogue and relationship-building. Community Listening Circles are structured dialogue that allow for expressing:
- how we are currently feeling
- how the verdict has impacted us personally
- what we need our community to provide as we seek to heal and move forward
The flow of dialogue centers advocacy, comfort in safety and non-judgment, and intentionally creates a container for self-expression and the development of peer understanding and empathy.
Register here to join us for one of the following Community Listening Circle sessions:
- Thursday, April 22 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 23 - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
- Monday, April 26 - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Please register using your @umich.edu (level 1) email address.
CART services will be provided at each session by ScreenLine, LLC.
This session is open to U-M faculty, staff or students.
As we seek to process the outcome of the trial, we acknowledge and recognize that at times we need our own space to reflect and process before joining others. For those who find themselves in this space, we offer a guided self-care meditation recording designed to support you during this time and some additional opportunities and resources:
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