It’s been a wild semester, Bearcats, and now the 2020 election is upon us. Here are some ways for you to stay informed, de-stress, support one another and your communities, and stay involved and in touch over the next several days. This has been an extraordinarily contentious election season and no matter where you are on the political spectrum, some extra care is in order. We hope that the resources offered below will provide you with information, support and connection.
Take care of yourself
These resources may help you manage any anxiety you may be experiencing in the days before, during and after the election.
- The 2020 Election Sanity Guide has meditations, podcasts and a newsletter to help us not get hooked in.
- How to deal with election stress: The American Psychological Association has these suggestions about how to cope.
- The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
- Irresistible (formerly Healing Justice podcast) focuses on healing and inspiration for social justice leaders.
- The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective offers a variety of social justice and mental health related resources.
- Here are some tool kits on Surviving and Resisting Hate from the Immigration, Critical Race, and Cultural Equity Lab.
- United We Dream’s Mental Health Toolkit for DACA and undocumented students.
- Liberate Meditation is a free meditation app created by and for the BIPOC community.
- Whether you are wanting to watch the returns or avoid the election altogether, do it with some friends on Zoom or appropriately distanced in person. Everything is better with company.
- Debrief what you’re experiencing with others on Zoom:
- Wednesday, Nov. 4
- Thursday, Nov. 5
- With Don Thomson and Karen Wood at 2 p.m. (Zoom meeting link)
- Friday, Nov. 6
- What happens if we don’t know what the result is on Nov. 4? The likeliest scenario, given the number of mail-in ballots and the large turnout, is that we won’t know for sure. It’s not election night this year; it’s election week. The New York Times offers a resource with estimates on when vote counting will be completed in each state.
- What happens if the election is contested? The Associated Press has a flow chart that explains how the process works.
- Learn from our Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics faculty at "What is Happening? Making Sense of Election 2020 with the PPLE Faculty" on Friday, Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom.
- Stay abreast of local races and statewide races.
- Know your rights. Be clear on what ICE and BCP can and cannot do. You can reach out to Delia Olmos-Garcia, advocate for DACA and undocumented students for support.
- Seek to support already existing community organizations such as CAUSA and BLM.
- Carefully consider how to leverage your resources and knowledge for wisely and effectively demonstrating for causes you believe in. Here’s a reminder of what that looks like, from a previous post this semester: How to protest safely.
- Prepare for the possibility of post-election chaos: Hold the Line; A guide for defending democracy. A resource written by progressive activists committed to nonviolence.
Stay in dialogue
- It may be hard to talk with family members who voted differently than you. Try anyway.
- Navigating family political discussions, peacefully.
- How to talk with those who believe conspiracy theories. What works; what doesn’t.
- How to talk to a conspiracy theorist and maintain your relationship.
- Talk with people who have different views.
- Prioritize face-to-face engagement over social media.