FSOS Statement on the death of George Floyd

Like many of you, we have been consumed by what is happening in our communities. We are heartbroken and outraged by the murder of George Floyd and the disregard for communities of color we have witnessed far too often.

Protests have erupted in Minnesota, across the country and across the globe, appealing to all of us to dismantle racist systems that oppress, marginalize and kill members of our community.

We support President Gabel’s action to limit work with the Minneapolis Police Department and we support the statement from Jael Kerandi,  president of the Minnesota Student Association. We stand with the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who advocate for action and change and who have stepped up and stepped out into the community to help.

We also know that more work needs to be done including within our Family Social Science community.  We  know that we must take responsibility to do more and do better. While we do not have all the answers or quick solutions, we are determined to take action to more fully live into our mission and values in the way we teach, conduct research, and work in partnership with communities. The FSOS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will lead us in this work.

We recognize this moment as a time to reflect on our own history, and to re-commit ourselves to listening, learning, supporting and advocating for those who have endured centuries of trauma, harassment and violence.

Statements on the death of George Floyd

The University Senate endorsed statement from the Equity, Access, and Diversity Committee (EAD)

The University of Minnesota Office of Equity and Diversity statement

The U of M Human Rights Community statement

College of Education and Human Development Leadership statement

University of M Black Alumni Association statement

Professional association statements on the death of George Floyd

Society for Research on Adolescence

National Council on Family Relations

Society for Prevention Research

The Gerontological Society of America

Society for Research in Child Development


A list of books, podcasts and articles put together by two activists who are trying to curate information for people who may not have the lived experience of racism but are wanting to learn more.