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Response to Verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

Dear NC State Community,

Over the last few weeks, people across the nation and in our NC State community have closely watched the trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery. These trials, and especially the troubling events that created them, have stirred the grief, anger, fear and anxiety that many in our community have had to carry for too long.

Today’s verdict finding three men guilty of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s death – along with the recent Charlottesville trial outcome – have brought a moment of relief and hope for progress and accountability. At the same time, we also acknowledge the pain and anguish many members of our community continue to feel over these events and the ongoing effects of long-term systemic racism in our country.

NC State’s leadership and I stand in strong support of our Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community members and in unity with all in our Wolfpack who are committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive environment for all, on our campus and in the world around us.

As we head into finals and the conclusion of the fall semester, please be mindful to take care of yourself and take time to reach out to others around you who might need some support – that’s what it means to be part of this Pack.

And, if you are struggling or know someone who is, NC State provides a variety of resources for our students, faculty and staff; we encourage you to take advantage of this support. The university offers free resources through our NC State Counseling Center for students (virtual appointments are available) and through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for employees. We also have a number of additional support resources for the NC State community.


Randy Woodson