Response to Chauvin Verdict

Dear Postdocs,

Last week, the jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd last year.

To echo Stanford leadership, “seeing accountability for the killing of George Floyd may provide a sense of justice, but it surely does not erase this burden”. Nevertheless, we remain optimistic that this decision may represent an inflection point, where we begin to overcome racial and social injustices that have been pervasive in policing. This verdict is a reminder of how much more work we have yet to do and how much more we have to do to heal as a community. SURPAS is committed to making our community a just, diverse, and inclusive place for postdocs to thrive during their time here.

Please keep a look out for registration to our upcoming Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Education (SHARE) training scheduled for May 19th at 11am and check out the wonderful events being hosted by the SURPAS JEDI Committee. In addition, we encourage you to make use of the wellness resources that Stanford Medicine has made available, which you can find below.

Lastly, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments that you may have. You can contact us at

In solidarity,

The SURPAS leadership team