Grieving the Death of George Floyd and Working to Advance Racial Justice

By Normandale Community College

We hold ourselves accountable to the communities we serve and seek to model personal and intellectual integrity in all we do.  - Normandale statement of values, on "Integrity."

As a college that reflects and serves a racially diverse community, Normandale grieves the death of George Floyd and stands in solidarity with all who advance the cause of racial justice and work to dismantle white privilege. The conversations happening on our campus among students, faculty, staff, and college leadership are too numerous and substantial to adequately capture here. But President Joyce Ester's message to Normandale students is an important start. 

Greetings Normandale Students, 

As we begin the summer term, I, like you, am dealing with a host of thoughts, feelings and emotions in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest in our community and in our country. My heart goes out to Mr. Floyd's family and loved ones and for those of you directly impacted by all that is transpiring.  

I affirm my dedication to Normandale's values of equity, inclusion and respect. Hate, bias, and marginalization have no place at our college! Normandale students, faculty, and staff represent a host of communities impacted by recent, and historic, events that manifest themselves in a multitude of ways. I encourage you to seek out the assistance you need as you process your emotions and responses. I encourage allies to support and assist in ways that are of meaning to those impacted, recognizing that some people may need space and time.   

I have asked John Parker-Der Boghossian, Normandale Equity & Inclusion Officer, and Pa Dao Yang, Student Life Equity Coordinator, to coordinate a trauma-informed response, which means:

  1. Affirming the widespread impact of trauma and potential paths for recovery
  2. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma
  3. Integrating knowledge of historical trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
  4. Resisting re-traumatization

Over the coming weeks, there will be a variety of virtual activities designed to promote emotional processing and healing. In partnership with local community organizations, John and Pa Dao will offer webinars and post resources for members of our Normandale community to assist with healing, dialog and action. Here are some resources that may be of assistance. 

Student Resource Center
-Check here for community resources and resource guides. 

Campus Cupboard
-In addition to being a place for students to received food and supplies, they can also refer you to food resources throughout the Twin Cities. 

Advising & Counseling
-Professional staff available to assist you with or refer you to a host of social, emotional and mental health resources.

Please know that I am thinking of you in these very difficult times. Take care of yourselves, your families, and one another. Stay safe and remember that you are a vital part of our Normandale community.


Joyce C. Ester, Ph.D.
PresidentNormandale Community College