Our AU community may be separated by distance, but there are many ways we're coming together to process our responses, thoughts, feelings and actions around the 2020 election cycle. Check out what's available — from tips for managing election-related stress, to ways to connect and learn, to expanded office hours with staff who can help.
Virtual Urgent Care hours will expand (10 a.m.-12 p.m. as well as 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday) and there will be increased availability of same-day initial consultations through the Counseling Center during election week and the week of Nov. 9 for students physically in Washington, D.C. (Students not in DC will be connected to therapists in their area.)
The AU ProtoCall crisis response team is prepared to support students experiencing election-related stress. This service is available for all students regardless of location, any time of day or night, seven days a week. The number is 202-885-7979.
Check out the Election Stress Survival Kit - a toolkit from the Counseling Center on managing election-related stress.
Health Promotion and Advocacy Center (HPAC)
For help with self-care, HPAC will open as many appointment slots as possible during election week and the week after for students to book for self-care assessments, sleep plans, substance use support, and more.
Washington College of Law (WCL)
Open office hours with faculty and staff will be held for students interested in discussing and processing election-related questions and concerns. Please check WCL’s Office of Student Affairs website for information.
For Faculty and Staff:
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTRL)
We’ve heard loud and clear that it is very important to our students that faculty create productive in-class spaces to process the election. Please take a look at CTRL's election-related workshops and resources.
Faculty and Staff Assistance
In addition to the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, AU has partnered with a new mental health resource, BHS, to supplement the services provided. With a diverse set of counselors available, BHS provides counseling services and resources 24/7. All services are free and confidential for AU faculty, staff and their immediate families. Information is available on the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website. Please take a look, too, at these resources from BHS on how to handle election-related stress and anxiety.
Connect and Learn: Completed Events
Wednesday, Nov. 4
- Interfaith Prayer for the Nation, 12 p.m. Faith communities gathered virtually to pray for the future of the United States and its leaders. Hosted by Kay Spiritual Life Center. Video of the event is available to view.
- Post-Election Mindfulness and Meditation Spaces for AUx Students, 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.; was led by faculty from the Health Studies department.
- Post-Election AU Community Conversation, 4 p.m., for any students, faculty, staff and alumni to talk about the election; co-hosted by the Office of Campus Life (OCL) and President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI).
- Washington College of Law (WCL): Election Reflections, 9 a.m.—noon; hosted by WCL's Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations.
Thursday, Nov. 5
- Livestreamed Class, Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room, 10 a.m. School of Communication (SOC) class streamed live from WUSA9 website and app.
- Global Insights: The Global Impact of the US Elections, 11 a.m. In-depth discussion of election's impact was the week's topic on the Global Insights series, co-sponsored by the School of International Service (SIS) and counterparts in Ethiopia, Germany, Japan and the UK.
- Drop-in Discussion, Project on Civil Discourse, “Patriotism, Dissent and Power,” 12 p.m. Part of a facilitated School of Public Affairs (SPA) discussion series, beginning in early November.
- Post-Election Mindfulness and Meditation Spaces for AUx Students, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Led by faculty from the Health Studies department.
- For Faculty and Staff: Post-Election Support Session, Presented by BHS, one of AU’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) service providers. Register for Post-Election Support Session. If it reaches capacity, additional sessions will be offered.
Friday, Nov. 6
- Election 2020: What We Know, What We Don't, and What's Coming. 10 a.m.Election Day has come and gone, but the 2020 election is not over. Amy K. Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, and Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of SPA's Women & Politics Institute, were on Facebook Live for a discussion and question and answer session.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
- Seven Days After the Election: What Happened? 12 p.m. Virtual panel to examine and assess the outcome of the U.S. election one week after election day. Panelists included professors Candy Nelson (SPA), Lenny Steinhorn and W. Joseph Campbell (SOC), and Amrutha Chatty, director of the student-run Kennedy Political Union. Moderated by Ron Elving of National Public Radio, who also is an SPA executive-in-residence and professorial lecturer, and held via Zoom.
- Where Are We Now? Post-Election Webinar. 7:30 p.m. Sine Fellow Janet Rodriguez (SOC/BA '06), White House correspondent for Univision, speaks with Ed O'Keefe (SPA/BA '05), political correspondent for CBS News in this Sine Institute of Policy and Politics webinar.