Statement Regarding Upcoming Rittenhouse Verdict

We realize the upcoming verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse may trigger strong emotions for marginalized communities, their allies and many others with a wide array of views on and off the UWM campus. Although we don’t yet know what the court’s decision will be, we call upon our campus communities to be empathetic, compassionate and supportive to those of us who may be struggling. As individuals and communities, we may need time and space to process the verdict and the events leading up to it.

UWM aims to support and value students, faculty and staff who are the heart of our university. We are all part of a larger educational community that values dignity and respect.

Our Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has several resources available to advance discussions about racism, social justice and equity in safe and civil ways. In addition, the Divisions of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs plan a virtual dialogue for members of our community to discuss their feelings about the trial. More details about the event will be shared soon.

We encourage students to explore and make use of support resources from the Dean of Students Office and others.

Faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) online at, or, or by calling (833) 539-7285.  Please contact the HR Department at 414-229-4463 with any questions about that program.