There is much to reflect on following the trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin. The guilty verdict is, arguably, a milestone rather than an endpoint, considering the continuing journey for communities seeking racial justice – and not merely in the arena of policing.

The raw power and emotion of the Chauvin case require attention from a mental wellbeing perspective, too. Listening, earnestly and purposefully, is a skill found in many precincts at UGA – for example, at Student Care and Outreach and CAPS. For our students: please reach out to these services, as needed, and may openness and understanding mark your own interactions when friends look to you for support.

— Dean Matthew Auer