September 21, 2023

A message to the UMW community

A message from the Office of the President. 

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Earlier this evening, a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for his role in the death of George Floyd. We are writing to acknowledge the impact of this trial on Mary Washington and the entire nation. We have endured so much this year. Let us call on our spirit of community and empathy as we process the many emotions evoked by this trial and the ongoing quest for racial justice.

We want everyone at UMW to know that support is available if you are feeling stress, anxiety, or any other reaction brought about by this trial and related incidents. We care about you and about how you are doing. If you are an employee, please reach out to your supervisor. If you are a student, reach out to a faculty or staff member. We all need flexibility, grace, and support.

In addition, please know the University has many resources, including the ones listed below.

With care,

Troy Paino, President
Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Equity and Access and Chief Diversity Officer
Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs
Nina Mikhalevsky, Provost and Chief Academic Officer

For students, the Talley Center for Counseling Services. Phone 540-654-1053.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available through your health plan. Anthem is also providing EAP services to employees who do not have our insurance:, login: Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, you may call the EAP at 855-223-9277 and get connected to a counselor for in person or telehealth sessions.

The Center for Community Engagement. Email; phone 540-654-2272.

The James Farmer Multicultural Center. Email; phone 540-654-1044.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion.

UMW Police. Email Michael Hall, Chief of Police,; phone 540-654-1025.

The Dean of Student Life office. Email Cedric Rucker, Dean,; phone 540-654-1200.

The Office of Disability Resources. Email; phone 540-654-1266.

The Center for International Education.

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