The Sean Bell Verdict and Beyond
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Most of you are fully aware of the verdict announced on Friday morning in Queens, closing one phase of the trial of those indicted in the tragic death of Sean Bell, a member of the Jamaica community. As at the time of the incident, the York College community continues to mourn this tragic loss and we remain keenly aware of the strong emotions being manifest within Jamaica, Queens and in other New York City neighborhoods, as well as within our college.
On a very local level, to assist with the healing process, York College will make counselors from the Division of Student Development available beginning on Monday, to meet individually with students, faculty and staff who would like to speak privately with a professional about their concerns.
Second, the dialogue initiated on campus shortly after the Bell incident, will continue this week with a screening of the film “365 Days of Marching: The Amadou Diallo Story,” by Veronica Keitt. The event is co-sponsored by the Social Work Club, other interested students, and the Behavioral Sciences Department. Faculty who are interested in participating in the event are asked to contact the Behavioral Sciences Department.
I ask that all members of the York College community be sensitive to the emotions that such discussions may evoke and further request that we approach our response thoughtfully and respectfully in the coming days and weeks.
I welcome your comments or ideas regarding any further steps the college may take to assure that students have the opportunity to process and express their thoughts about this tragedy in a way that will assist them both intellectually and emotionally.