As many of us across Indiana University and the nation continue to reflect on the horrific violence shown by the Memphis police officers charged with the murder of Tyre Nichols in video footage released last evening—we encourage the entire IU community to take care of themselves and one another.
The footage is deeply alarming and disturbing and may be particularly so for Black and African American students, faculty, and staff within the IU community. We stand with you and affirm our stand against racism and injustice. We also want to remind you of the resources available to support you.
Mental health and counseling services are available on each IU campus, as are emergency support services and ways to request help for yourself or a friend. We also urge the IU community to help hold each other accountable by submitting a bias report if you witness or experience a bias incident.
In these moments, it is particularly crucial that we come together as a community, offer kindness to one another, and stand with those in our community who are most affected.
James C. Wimbush, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs
Dave O’Guinn, J.D.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Eric A. Weldy, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Ph.D.
Vice President for Regional Campuses and Online Education