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GSS Statement: re. guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin

On Monday the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial delivered a guilty verdict on all three counts. The guilty verdict provides a measure of justice it does not end institutional and systemic racism.

The Black Lives Matter movement has shone a powerful light on the pervasive faces of racism that exist in societies across the world.

As representatives of an incredibly diverse community, we aim to give voices to graduate students’ experiences of prejudice and to break down barriers to an inclusive and equitable society. We are currently reaching out to our entire community to provide their experience, so we can build a platform of advocacy that truly addresses the most pressing issues.

Graduate students can still complete the GSS Anti-Racism survey and have their voices heard.

We are also pleased to see UBC addressing this issue at an institutional level through initiatives like the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force which launched last month. We urge our graduate student community to engage with opportunities to shape a more equitable campus.

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. We promote and protect our members’ academic, social and cultural interests.

Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

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