Humphrey School News—June 2, 2020

Deans of Humphrey School, Law School on George Floyd Aftermath: We Must 'Ignite Change and Advance Justice'

They call for reshaping policies, practices, and individual perspectives to address racial disparities

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Mural depicting George Floyd, painted on the side of a building in Minneapolis
A mural depicting George Floyd outside of Cup Foods in Minneapolis, near the spot where he died in the custody of Minneapolis police. Photo: Flickr user Lorie Shaull, Creative Commons

By Laura Bloomberg and Garry Jenkins

In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic killing by Minneapolis police, Minnesotans are searching for answers and demanding change.

As protests and unrest rock our community, we must not only advocate for responses to this horrific incident but also address larger questions: How will policymakers and lawyers lead the way for real systemic change? How will our current and future leaders move beyond just thoughts and prayers alone? 

Laura Bloomberg and Garry Jenkins, deans of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Law School, respectively, wrote of their shared responsibility in addressing these questions in a commentary for MinnPost

Laura Bloomberg“We commit and rededicate ourselves to preparing our next generation of legal and public policy practitioners who will challenge racist and dysfunctional systems, and devote their professional lives to the pursuit of justice and civil rights for all of society,” they wrote.

“As Minnesota’s flagship law and public affairs schools, we will double down on our responsibility to serve and support the Twin Cities community — through our clinics, courses, internships, policy engagement, and scholarship. We need new voices and new partnerships, and we need them now.”

Read their entire commentary

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