Supporting Our Community During Difficult Times

A Message from Chris Catching, vice president of Student Affiars:

We have created virtual spaces for our students, faculty and staff to connect and support one another during these difficult times and for our allies to cultivate strategies to support our communities of color at the University.

Please attend a virtual session or encourage others who you believe would be interested in participating:

A Space for Allies and Advocates: Strategies to Support Our Communities of Color      

Friday, June 5

2-3 p.m.

A Space for Faculty and Staff of Color: A Virtual Community Roundtable Discussion

Friday, June 5

3-4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Zoom links were shared via email. Contact Valerie Hayes or Chris Catching if you are interested in lending expertise or assisting with future social justice community efforts for the Stockton community.

The Wellness Center team has coordinated a series of opportunities to support our students in a safe space to talk openly about race, racism and history or individual/personal experiences with racism.

A Space for Students: Racial Healing Circles

Monday, June 8

Wednesday, June 17

Wednesday, June 24

Wednesday, July 1

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Details for connecting to these circles has been emailed to all students. Contact Lucy Allen, assistant director for Counseling Services, for more information. 


A Message from President Harvey Kessleman

May 31, 2020

Dear Members of the Stockton Community,

Like many of you, I have been following the protests in Minneapolis and throughout the country in response to the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week.  Derek Chauvin, the fired Minnesota police officer, has been charged with the murder of Mr. Floyd.

This senseless death occurred as we mourned the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and while our African American and Latinx communities continue to face the disproportionate social, health, and economic hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These critical moments remind us that we all must continue to do the impactful and purposeful work necessary to address racial discrimination and social inequality.

To facilitate this work, we will create a space for members of our University community to reflect on the recent tragedies and to discuss opportunities to strengthen our support for our African American and Latinx communities on campus.

On behalf of the Cabinet, Dr. Chris Catching, our Vice President for Student Affairs, will lead this effort and will share more details about proposed plans shortly.