This page is designed to provide supportive and inclusive resources, initiatives, and efforts before and after the election.
Engaging in the election process is an important aspect of civic engagement. Every election offers an opportunity to highlight UNL’s commitment to democratic and civic participation as a vital component of a research institution. We encourage a visit to Husker Vote Coalition, a collaborative effort led by the Office of Student Affairs, for additional information on opportunities to participate more thoroughly in the civic engagement processes.
Many campus partners offer election specific services and resources that include strategies for navigating difficult conversations and interactions, tips for ongoing self-care and mental wellness, and collaborative campus efforts designed to provide ongoing support following the conclusion of the fall semester.
This page will be updated accordingly, please visit our event calendar for opportunities pre-election and post-election to remain engaged.
Campus Services and Initiatives
Counseling and Psychological Services: Therapy and Support Groups - Groups provide an opportunity to work through a variety of concerns within a person’s life while receiving support, gaining insight, learning, and practicing new behaviors, and increasing self-esteem.
Discrimination and Harassment Policies - Institutional Equity and Compliance investigates all allegations of illegal discrimination and harassment.
Human Resources: Health and Wellness - Offers convenient, quality health care services to university faculty and staff members.
Peace and Civility Project - The UNL Peace + Civility Project aims to promote civility across the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specifically, promoting the core values of civil interactions by encouraging dialogue across the university.
Post-Election Support Resources – The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity offers a wide range of strategies for classroom dynamics, addressing incivility, group discussions, and self-care.
Teaching in Response to the Election – Vanderbilt University’s prepared guide offers a variety of teaching topics with summaries of best practices, links to other online resources, and information.
The Election is Over... Now What? - The Anti-Defamation League offers a guide for educators to continue the conversation about the election by engaging students in a civil discussion.
9 Ways to Teach about the Election: A Social Justice Approach - The Anti-Defamation League provides ideas for teaching about the election with a focus on social justice issues.
5 Ways to Manage Politically Induced Stress – The University of Michigan Health News provides strategies for how to be mindful of depression and anxiety symptoms around this topic.
Building your Facilitator Tool Box: Honing dialogue skills to navigate pre- and post-election tensions – Princeton University offers this recorded program featuring Erica Dugué, Princeton University, Roger Fisher, University of Michigan, and Libby Roderick, University of Alaska, in conversation about tools that can be used to set up pre- and post- election conversations.
Dish it Up: Held each week (Tuesdays at noon), Dish it Up offers a safe and engaging space for UNL faculty, staff, and students to participate in meaningful and informative dialogue, providing a forum for participants to share their personal views, learn from others and engage in civil discussions. Register here.
Voter Information Booth - From 11-12 PM on October 27 & 28, 2020 - The Government Liaison Committee (GLC) will host Voter Information Booths to hand out buttons, stickers, and resources with non-partisan information on candidates.
Wake Up Early: A Conversation Around the Breakfast Table – From 7:30 to 8:30 AM on October 29, 2020 - Peace + Civility will host an opportunity to practice civil discourse and engage in
Staying Resilient in Election Season - From 12-1 PM on October 29, 2020 - Join Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff and fellow LGBTQA+ students to share and receive support during this election season about issues like politics, family, and more in a confidential and judgment-free space. Contact Andrea Seldomridge for the Zoom link.
The 2020 Election and Potential Legal Issues - From 4 PM on October 29, 2020 - Nebraska College of Law professors Kyle Langvardt and Eric Berger will lead a program and Q&A addressing the 2020 election and potential legal issues that may arise. Join via Zoom here.
Special Edition Dish It Up - From 12-1:30 PM on November 5, 2020 - A Post-Election Discussion with the African and African American Studies Program of the Institute for Ethnic Studies.
Mindful Moment Drop-In Group - Noon to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 1 PM November 5, 2020 - Join CAPS for a 20-minute guided mindfulness practice to help you feel centered, calm, and refocused.
Check-In Connection – 12 PM on November 6, 13, & 20, 2020 - Join staff from Big Red Resilience and Well-being and well-being coaches as they introduce ways to support your well-being, reduce stress and remain resilient during these uneasy times.
“Writing Memoir, Writing Crime: Creativity as Sociopolitical Intervention” - Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series, The Nebraska Lectures – 2:30 PM on November 6, 2020 - Joy Castro, Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies and Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies
Election Conversation with ISSO - 5-6 PM on November 10, 2020 - Join staff from the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to discuss your reactions and emotions about the U.S. elections. This will be a place to share, talk, and listen to others and ask questions you may have about the election process in a confidential and judgment-free space.
2020 Election: What Happened and Why it Matters - From 12:30 - 1:30 PM on November 12, 2020 - The Political Science Department will be hosting this panel discussion on the results of the 2020 election via Zoom.
Facilitating Political Discussion/ Civility Workshop - From 6-8 PM on November 17, 2020 - Open to all UNL students, the Government Liason Committee (GLC) will be hosting this workshop dedicated to learning how to have healthy political dialogue.