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A Message from WIU President Guiyou Huang: Verdict

April 20, 2021

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Dear Western Illinois University Community,

I am pleased that a verdict has been rendered in the Chauvin trial. The jury's decision to convict a former police officer of a crime that led to the death of Mr. George Floyd speaks volumes. Our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have been hurt and afraid for far too long, and this verdict is the beginning of long overdue justice. Black lives matter. We continue to stand with you, and we will ensure that our University remains safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

We are committed to social and racial justice, and we will not tolerate, nor condone, racist sentiments and actions, harassment, and discrimination at our University or within our communities. Our University should be a safe haven for all members of our WIU family and our guests.

If you need to speak with someone to help process what has occurred in recent months, or if you have experienced an incident of racism, profiling, or any incident related to hate and discrimination, we have resources in place to help. Counselors from the University Counseling Center (call (309) 298-2453 for an appointment) and staff from the Multicultural Center (call (309) 298-3496 or email are here for our students, while employees can find the resources available to them through the Employee Assistance Program (Employee Assistance Program at (866) 659-3848).

As I have mentioned in previous communications, as well in my town halls, discussions and conversations with many of you, as not only your president, but as an individual, I have a zero tolerance policy for racism, sexism, hate and discrimination in any form. We will continue to be a community that embraces and celebrates our differences, and we will work together to ensure our community is protected. Please let me know if you need assistance.

Thank you.

Guiyoug Huang
Western Illinois University

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