POST-ELECTION CAMPUS RESOURCE AND RESPONSE GUIDE

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On October 8, over 100 stakeholders in the student voting space came together to ideate around the question “How might we prepare to support campus stakeholders in processing and responding to a tumultuous post-election season?” This document is a synthesis of their ideas for how best to address that challenge. We’ve provided helpful resources that can support you and your community in enacting these ideas.

We’ve posted this again in the document, but the Civic Alliance Post Election Day and Election Day Guide is an exceptional resource for creating messaging before, during and after election day. While this is a resource specifically crafted for the business community, the messages outlined in their Guide transcend sectors.

This is a live document and will be updated with more resources over time.

You can also view the Post Election Resources Webinar that expands on this guide and select resources through the recording, chat log, and link-filled agenda.

Prepare partnerships ahead of time.

You cannot and should not do this work alone, and this work should not rest solely on the shoulders of the folks who have been leading your voter engagement efforts and will likely be burnt out after Election Day.

Instill confidence in election results.

Prepare students now for a prolonged outcome. Due to the high number of mail-in ballots this election, it may take days if not weeks in some places to process election results. Message to students that taking the time to count votes will result in a fair election.

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Allow time and space for processing.

It’s important that all campus community members (not just students!) have the space to process the outcomes of the election before having to engage in potentially difficult dialogue. The results of the election will impact campus community members differently. Processing can take place individually, one-on-one, in small groups, or collectively.

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Facilitate opportunities for healing.

Many campus community members may need access to mental health resources during this time. Be intentional about creating spaces and opportunities for healing. Partnering with counseling and wellness centers and psychology faculty especially helps for this.

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Hold spaces for dialogue and verbal expression.

Faculty, staff, and student leaders will end up facilitating difficult yet sensitive conversations with students after the election. While you shouldn’t mandate that every faculty or staff member needs to have these conversations, as many aren't equipped to, you should still set them up for success.

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Move towards action.

Always make sure to provide opportunities for civic action, not just discussion. Prepare tangible actions that students can take to stay engaged and prepare to support student activists.

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Other resources.

Questions, thoughts, suggestions? Get in touch with us at maddie@slsvcoalition.org.

This is a live document and will be updated with more resources over time.