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How do we respond?

Accountability. Justice. Humanity. Solutions.

Earlier today, the nation was notified that the video that led to the violence and loss of life of Mr. Tyre Nichols will be released by law enforcement in Memphis, TN.  As we know, this terrible incident will cause disruption to our feelings and our routines.

Before this video becomes public, we must ask, “How do we respond?” What should we do now as a campus, community, and nation? The answer to this question can be a turning point in which meaningful change can be the result. As President, I am committed to working with our executive team, the university, and community to ensure that we provide the best environment for expressing our responses. In addition, we will look for policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels to prevent this type of incident from reoccurring.

The real work must begin in finding solutions and bringing everyone to the table who is invested. We must fight with strategy, information, and ultimately create timely implementation of change. As a community, we need to find ways to address violence and the fear and anxiety caused by such tragic events.

In the meantime, I am reminding our faculty, staff, and students that they can utilize the systems in place to address their health, wellness, and safety. I encourage you to consider the NSU community as a safe space and to continue the culture of care that has been created here.

In upholding our culture of care, please know that resources are available to you. Students may contact the NSU Counseling Center at 757-823-8173 or use the Timely Care and on-call counselor for support. Staff and Faculty may contact Human Resources at 757-823-8160 to learn about available EAP resources. Any concerns about threats or other safety matters may be communicated to NSU Police at 757-823-8102 (Non-Emergency), 757-823-9000 (Emergency), or 757-823-2148 (Anonymous).

Now is a time to lean upon one another as we reflect and comfort each other to manage these distressing events. We have the ability to provide points of light in this time of darkness.

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D., President