A message from university leaders following fatal police shooting in Minnesota; campus resources available

Dear Marquette community,

Over the past week, news of the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd has renewed the national trauma surrounding Floyd’s murder last summer.

This morning, another Black man was fatally shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, near the trial’s location in Minnesota.

This horrific incident, and the recent reporting on the trial, reminds many in our community of their own vulnerability and exposure to racial violence and of the systemic realities which perpetuate that vulnerability and exposure.

Here at Marquette, we seek to support and encourage those who feel such vulnerability at this time.

Please reach out and connect with the resources below which might be of help to you.

Please do not endure this pain alone. We support you, and we stand in solidarity with you.

Finally, please remember that racism and discrimination have no place on our campus. We stand with all Marquette leaders in our pledge to students–especially our BIPOC students—to work with you to overcome injustice and ensure that our university remains anti-racist. We also stand with you to heal and in the work that lies ahead.

Let us keep the families and those affected by the tragic events in Minnesota in our prayers.


Dr. William Welburn
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Rev. James Voiss, S.J.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at Marquette. Those who experience harassment or discrimination on campus can report it by:

  1. Submitting a bias incident report online
  2. Calling Dr. William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, at (414) 288-8028 during business hours. (Please note: if you choose to leave a message, your call will be returned at the earliest possible time during the next business day.)
  3. Submit an in-person report by scheduling a meeting with Dr. Welburn. Email william.welburn@marquette.edu to make an appointment.

As a reminder, the following resources are available for those who need support: