The Dean's Letter

April 12, 2021

Following Chauvin's Trial Verdict

Dear AAP Community,

Yesterday afternoon, the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was reached. After nearly a year of mourning, remembrance, and calls for justice following Mr. Floyd's death, Chauvin was found guilty on all charges.

As a community, we carry and share the painful realities of racial violence past and present. In the context of the recent deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo at the hands of police, it is clear we still have much to reckon with in the U.S. — much to continue to change, repair, and heal. Beyond yesterday's pivotal verdict, our community remains committed not only to deepening our understanding of racism and injustice, but resolved to dismantle systems of oppression to build a more just world.

President Martha Pollack recently sent a message to ensure the university community's awareness of Cornell's position and available support systems. AAP stands with our community and the university against acts of hate, violence, racism, and bias in any form.

We are providing space and resources for all members of our community to process the feelings you may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Latesha Fussell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at to address any of your needs, questions, or concerns.



J. Meejin Yoon
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning


Contact Office of the Dean

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