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OHIO Diversity and Inclusion statement on deadly shooting of Casey Goodson

December 12, 2020 

We, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, are heartbroken and outraged over the killing of Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus, Ohio. We stand in solidarity with all Black people and people of color who again are facing a crushing example of the persistence of racial violence in the US. This tragedy hits close to home for us, and today and always we affirm: Black Lives Matter. 

On December 4th, 2020, Casey Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old African American man, was fatally shot by a white Franklin County sheriff’s deputy while entering his own home in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Goodson was returning home from a medical appointment and carrying a bag of sandwiches for his family. The police officer was reportedly searching for fugitives when he encountered Mr. Goodson, who was not a subject of the investigation. Mr. Goodson’s family has called for murder charges. 

This incident is another painful, and all too common, reminder for Black people in our communities that racism poses an existential threat to their dignity, lives, and sense of safety. Mr. Goodson joins a long list of Black people in our country who have lost their lives to police brutality including Tamir Rice, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Sandra Bland, and so many others. At current levels, Black men in the US face about a 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed by police over the course of their lives. 

Systemic racism and all its manifestations are ever-present clouds hanging over all of us, and especially over our Black Bobcats. 

While the limits of a statement like this are obvious, we encourage all of you to seek out campus resources that can provide support to Ohio University community members. Some of them are: 

For Students: Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) 

  • CPS provides mental health and adjustment services to students and also consultation to faculty, administrators and parents who support our students. 

  • Psychiatry and individual counseling through face-to-face video conferencing or audio phone therapy are just some of the services available to students through CPS. 

  • Staff members in CPS also make referrals to a wide range of support services both on and off-campus. Students may contact CPS at any time by calling 740-593-1616. If calling after hours, press 1 to be connected to a counselor. You can also visit their website at www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling

For Employees: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

  • Ohio University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work/Life program is offered through Impact Behavioral Healthcare Services. 

  • The EAP is available to all Ohio University employees and their family members. ·Visit Impact Employee Assistance and enter 'ohiouniversity' as the username under the heading Member Login to access informational materials and resources. 

  • Program features include confidential 24/7 live professional assistance (1-800-227-6007) and more. 

Additionally, all staff members in our offices — the LGBT Center, the Multicultural Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention/OMSAR, and the Women’s Center — stand ready to offer support to our OHIO community. We will continue to work together to create a world that is safe, equitable, and compassionate for all. 

Always, and especially right now, community is the strongest antidote we have to combat fear, isolation, and sadness. You are not alone! 


In solidarity,  


The OHIO Division of Diversity and Inclusion