Sac State offering campus healing following Stephon Clark decision

Nelsen asks campus members to treat each other with empathy and kindness


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Sac State student Deion Seruelo leads chants outside of Arden Fair Mall on Sunday. The shopping center was closed due to “high potential for unsafe numbers to gather (Sunday),” mall officials said.

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In a SacSend email sent Sunday, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen announced two campus events occurring this week in response to the decision to not charge the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark.

Of the decision, which was announced Saturday and sparked activism in Sacramento, Nelsen wrote, “This weekend has been emotional and difficult for many since the announcement.”

Starting Monday, Nelsen said that there will be healing spaces in the Multi-Cultural Center and in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Nelsen also reminded the community that the town hall gathering is Monday at 9 a.m. in the University Union Ballroom where students and alumni will hold performances addressing Clark’s death.

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“In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing programming to bring people together in an effort to create change as well as healing and understanding,” Nelsen wrote.

The two upcoming events mentioned are “Neo-Colonialism and Resistance: Indigenous Communities on the Move” and “Million Dollar Hoods: Mapping the Cost of Mass Incarceration.”

Both events center around race issues and social justice. “Neo-Colonialism and Resistance” is being held on Wednesday, March 6 from noon-4 p.m. in the Library Art Gallery and “Million Dollar Hoods” will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom.

“Many in our community are hurting, and I ask that we come together to support one another and listen,” Nelsen wrote.