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Message from the Chancellor: Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Students and colleagues,

As you likely know, a jury earlier today found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in the killing of George Floyd.

I urge everyone to use the disposition of the case to engage in constructive civil discourse.

As I wrote on April 19, Pima needs to look ahead and inward. The College must root out Pima systems that create barriers to equitable education, and must be a leader in educating everyone so that they can get the good job that is the foundation of economic equality.

Please Join Us for a Dialogue

Student Life, Counseling and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are planning an opportunity to dialogue with students about Social Justice, Advocacy, Racial Healing and Resources related to the events surrounding the death of George Floyd.

  • When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 10-11 am

  • How: via Zoom

  • Details: Opening remarks will be provided by Provost Dolores Duran-Cerda and President of Campuses David Dore.

Where to Go for Help

The trial has sparked strong reactions within the College community. Employees may access the Employee Assistance Program.

Here is a list of services for students:

  • To get connected to a counselor during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm), visit our Virtual Student Services page and then choose "Connect with a PCC Counselor" for follow up. Before you meet with a counselor, please review the PCC Counseling Acknowledgement Form. The counselor will review this form with you at your first meeting.

  • PCC Counseling Widget Questionnaire: You may also choose to complete this questionnaire through D2L to connect to a PCC counselor.  Please answer the brief questions to identify the resources you are seeking. A PCC counselor will quickly follow up with you to discuss your needs.

  • PCC also provides 24/7, year-round counseling services. The Student Wellness Assistance Program is free to PCC students for up to 6 sessions, per issue, per year. Contact:1-833-251-9941 to connect with a licensed counselor for an immediate intake session.

  • Students may also connect to this resource through their MyPima account: MyPima Students Tab, visit Student Resources, then Student Wellness Assistance to get started. (If you are logged into your MyPima account and go to Student Resources, you will see Student Wellness Assistance about halfway down the page. There are hundreds of resources here for self-help and support.)

  • Additionally anyone who is physically located in Tucson may contact  Banner University Medicine Crisis Response Center for free, immediate crisis intake.  Contact 520-301-2400.

In Conclusion

I echo the words of President Biden in his expression of support for George Floyd's family: "I can only imagine the pressure and the anxiety they're feeling. They're a good family and they're calling for peace and tranquility."

Lee D. Lambert,

Chancellor

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