The Voter Engagement Coalition and its campus partners are offering the following resources and events to help faculty, staff, and students effectively process the election experience, regardless of the outcome.
The following resources are available to help prepare your classroom for conversations concerning the election.
In order to prepare for the upcoming election, the Multicultural Center and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning are co-hosting a panel discussion to help faculty and staff share their ideas about how to support their students and themselves through difficult times. Dr. Christa Platt will facilitate a panel discussion with Dr. David Adams, Dr. Byron Craig, Angell Howard, and Dr. Katy Strzepek, who will provide examples of trauma-informed healing-centered techniques that can support student, faculty, and staff wellness. The panel will also amplify student suggestions noted in the Campus Climate Report and Political Climate Study. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns about the election and will be invited to develop plans for how they can support themselves and their students. The event takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23. Please fill out this online form to register.
Join the CTLT workshop Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Meaningful Dialogue on November 5 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Register for this workshop via the CTLT website.
Post-election Reflection Circles will be held via zoom on November 4, 5, 6, and 9. These sessions will be co-facilitated by faculty/staff and graduate assistants and will be structured spaces for students to share their post-election concerns and their hopes for improving our democracy. Students will also to learn more about how to become involved in civic engagement efforts on campus and beyond. Please RSVP via a specific Circle event within Redbird Life (see the links below).
At the Table is a series of virtual dinners and facilitated conversations that aim to build community and embrace vulnerability during these difficult times. Participants receive recipes and non-perishable ingredients to create a meal before the discussion begins. November 6th is a special Post-Election Sip + Chat. November 22nd's topic is What America Means to You. Advanced registration is required. This event is open to students, faculty/staff, and community members. This event is sponsored by the Wonsook Kim School of Art, University Galleries, Greentop Grocery, and Bloomington Hy-Vee.