November 4, 2020 - Post-Election Guidance and Support

The Sunny Lee, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice Chancellor; Samuel Santos, Assistant Vice Chancellor Student Engagement; Stephen C. Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; and Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division sent the following message to all undergraduate and graduate students on 11/04/20:

 

While we don’t yet know the outcome of the election, we can all agree that it has divided our country. You may be feeling hopeful and excited; conversely, you may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. That’s why we are reaching out today to remind you that we must all work together during this time to foster a safe, respectful, and inclusive campus environment. As a community, we must uphold UC Berkeley’s Principles of Community and treat our fellow Bears and our broader community with respect and dignity.  

As part of our guiding principles, we are asking everyone in the campus community to adhere to Berkeley’s values of social justice and equity, staying true to being positive change agents in the world. And part of this integrity means sticking to our values of nonviolence and peaceful protest, respecting the lives and human dignity of others.

Post-Election Debrief Sessions

If you want a space to talk about the election, several centers on campus are hosting virtual events.

  • CAPS Wellness Circles for Election Support: Join UHS mental health counselors for support, witnessing, and wellness strategies to cope with the current national discourse, political turmoil, and election-related stress. Election wellness circles are offered for undergraduate and graduate students, and for specific communities. Use this form to RSVP
  • Campus Conversation: Elections 2020: What's next?: Wed., November 4 at 5 p.m. Join Chancellor Carol Christ, Dean of Berkeley Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Lisa García Bedolla, the Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, Henry Brady, and Bertrall Ross, Chancellor's Professor of Law, Chair, Diversity and Democracy Cluster at the Othering & Belonging Institute as they discuss the outcomes of the 2020 elections, and what, in their opinion lies ahead. Watch online at campusconversations.berkeley.edu and ask questions live during the event through the UC Berkeley Facebook site.
  • Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Election Debrief: Thu., November 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. Come together as a research community and think about the path forward post-election.If you'd like to attend, send a mail to irle@berkeley.edu indicating your interest. We will try to accommodate as many people as possible.
  • Voting for Candidates with Sexual Violence Allegations: Sat. November 7, at 4 p.m., contact sexualviolence@asuc.org to register. This online program, hosted by the ASUC Sexual Violence Commission, will give students an opportunity to come together in a safe space to discuss the thoughts and challenges that arise from voting in an election where both candidates have sexual assault allegations against them.
  • UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project: Tues., November 10, 2020 at 4 p.m. This event, “Discord and Crisis: The 2020 Election What’s Next?,” is geared toward K-12 history teachers, but is open to the public. More information on how to register here. 
  • UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender Election 2020 Roundup: Thu., November 12, 2020 at 4 p.m. Join UC Berkeley faculty experts including Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, and Professor in the Graduate School of Education; Catherine Fisk, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law; Taeku Lee, Associate Dean and Chair of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program and George Johnson Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; and Bertrall Ross, Chancellor’s Professor of Law. Must register to receive a personalized link to join. Those unable to access the webinar can view the conversation via livestream at CRG’s Facebook Page.
  • Division of Equity and Inclusion (including Multicultural Community Center and Gender Equity Resource Center): diversity.berkeley.edu, (510) 642-7294, vcei@berkeley.edu. mcc.berkeley.edu, (510) 642-6528, mcc.community@berkeley.edu. geneq.berkeley.edu, (510) 643-5727, geneq@berkeley.edu.These centers provide space, programs, and services for Berkeley’s diverse student communities.

Receive Support

Manage your election-related stress and stay resilient with election self-care tips. We encourage you to report concerns about hateful incidents or messages to stophate.berkeley.edu, our systemwide portal for making those reports. If you need assistance reporting such incidents or help finding and connecting with support and resources, you can reach out to deanofstudents@berkeley.edu. The Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement also offer support for a variety of communities. Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) are also available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or (510) 642-9494 (after-hours counseling line (855) 817-5667). There are mental health professionals trained to provide support to individuals from a wide array of identities, including traditionally marginalized or disenfranchised groups.

Peaceful Exercise of First Amendment Rights

Though we may not always see eye-to-eye, our actions can leave unintended impacts on our campus community. Please consider this if you plan to exercise your First Amendment rights after the election, and read up on our suggestions on how to protest safely and comply with our time, place, and manner policy. Due to the pandemic, we would encourage you to wear face coverings, stay physically distant, and practice proper handwashing if you plan to protest or rally in person. Violence is not an acceptable response when protesting or at a rally, nor are threats or intimidation. It can be very difficult to deal with speech that we feel runs deeply counter to our values of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity. Peacefully and nonviolently protesting does not mean you condone someone’s message.

We are dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion and respect not just during the election cycle, but without exception as members of the campus community. And lastly, as a friendly reminder, if you voted by mail, you can track your ballot here. If you have any additional voting-related questions, please email ASUC Vote Coalition Director Miyako Iwata at eavpvotecoalition@asuc.org

Please do not hesitate to reach out to deanofstudents@berkeley.edu with any questions or needs you may have.