Many in our campus community and throughout our nation are awaiting the jury’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. No matter what the jury decides, George Floyd’s death is a tragedy. His death represents to many the discrimination, oppression and hate that many of us deal with on a daily basis.

We know the trial has elicited strong and painful emotions, and we want you to know that UCF is here for you.

As President Cartwright wrote earlier this month, Knights are known for finding strength in one another — lifting each other up and supporting each other.

Some of you may want to seek out support through groups of your peers, while others may prefer private conversations with someone who can help you. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Development and Enrollment Services are working to offer in-person and virtual opportunities to gather, and more information will be posted on the UCF Events Calendar.

For those who prefer to speak with someone privately, students can reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services or contact UCF’s Office of Social Justice and Advocacy or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Employees can call 877-240-6863 or go to for support through UCF’s Employee Assistance Program.

I hope that each of us will continue to show our fellow Knights compassion and support.