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For Faculty & Staff

In addition to the information on the Dialogue Resources and Practically Preparing pages, we have put together these resources specifically for faculty and staff to help navigate conversations about the election in and outside of the classroom.

Faculty Resources

Block 2 Crown Faculty Center Series hosted on October, 8, 2020 focused on bringing the 2020 Election into the Classroom.
Election 2020 in Classrooms and on Campus - Dr. Peony Fhagen, Dr. Jamal Ratchford, & Dr. Dana Wolfe. Recording housed in the Designing for Fall 2020 Canvas Course along with the following resources

Faculty Classroom Guides (most guides from Campus Elect unless otherwise noted)

Importance of Trauma-Informed Care in the Classroom

Other Additional Election & Self-Care Resources

Supporting Yourself so you Can Support Students

We know each of us are frequently on the front lines of supporting students; so, we wanted to provide additional resources to support ourselves and each other during this stressful and emotionally charged time.

First, be comfortable and willing to set boundaries for yourself - as the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Take time to recognize your own capacity, limits, comfortability, and ability to support students as well as your role as a staff member.

Where are your limits and boundaries? We recognize that the issues of this season are also impacting each of you directly. So, we encourage you to take time to think about your own triggers or sensitive points and how your own feelings and responses might impact your engagement with students.

  • What level of self-disclosure you are comfortable sharing with students? (i.e., "I have found this election season distressing," "I find myself having to manage my anger and frustration each day," "I have found connecting with friends and family to be one of my most effective strategies for managing my feelings in these times")
  • How might you communicate your boundaries with students? (i.e., "Here is what I can talk to you about," or "I can be present for you in these ways.")
  • How will you communicate that you have reached a boundary while still being compassionate and supportive to students? (i.e., "I can listen now but if you need some more support here is someone else I trust who I can put you in touch with," "I can be present for you as a support, and I think someone like a counselor would be best able to help you with . . .")

Keeping your own boundaries and capacity in mind, consider the ways in which you would like to show up for and support students, including but not limited to: Zoom/Webex (prescheduled meetings or open office hours), phone calls (zoom fatigue is real), texting, in-person walks, in-person meetings, etc. Acknowledge that what works for you and is your preference, may not work for others and vice versa.

Although there are a lot of very serious and important issues that students may be needing to process in light of the election, the pandemic, and life in general, remember that not every conversation we have with students needs to be about these challenging things; being present in other ways (playing games, coloring, dancing it out, etc.) and giving people space from these heavier topics can often be equally important.

If you are able and willing (and if El Paso County Guidelines allow), we would like to encourage you to have a more physical and visible presence on campus in the week of and following the election. This could look like booking a Worner meeting room on Ungerboeck to work from or finding places to sit outside on a warm day that students may come across you naturally or just sending out an email to students you work closely with to know how/when you are available (either in-person or online).

When to Refer a Student for Additional Support

In our work we have the opportunity to be present to students as they experience the entire range of human emotions-joy, pleasure, sadness, grief, despair, anxiety, anger, excitement, fear, humor, disgust, depression, numbness. Although we may sometimes feel uncomfortable in their presence, these feelings are not in-and-of-themselves signs of a mental health crisis or a need for counseling. It's important to learn to distinguish when a student in distress needs immediate referral versus general support. If you aren't already familiar with the signs and symptoms of mental health crisis, there are resources available online; please take time to (re)familiarize yourself with them:

Last updated: 12/17/2020