Reflecting on the Outcome of the Ahmaud Arbery Case

November 24, 2021

Dear Students,

Today many of us are reflecting on the results of the trial of Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William "Roddie'' Bryan Jr., who were convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020. Mr. Arbery’s murder is only one of many acts of racially motivated violence before and since.

This verdict is by no means the end of this journey, but it is a step towards holding those who perpetrate racial violence accountable for their actions, which is essential to a society that is equitable and just. As a University community, we have a role to play in that journey, individually and as a collective. We continue to reaffirm the University’s work to fulfill its commitment to anti-racism, and to foster an environment in which each of us can belong, thrive and contribute to our fullest potential.

We understand that watching and waiting for outcomes from these very public trials of past painful events may be distressing. If you need support, please reach out to your support networks or allies and, as always, know that there are Columbia resources available to you, including virtual health and counseling services (Morningside and CUIMC), and support from Religious Life. We also invite you to stay connected to the Columbia community by working with University Life to continue building an inclusive community for all.


Dennis A. Mitchell
Executive Vice President for University Life
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC