Inclusive Election Support and Resources


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

Serve as a Vote Ambassador - As a part of their role vote ambassadors are deputized by Lancaster County to register people to vote in upcoming elections. Sign up to serve as a Vote Ambassador for the Nov. 8 general election in Nebraska. 

FAQs about the 2022 NE Elections  - Frequently asked questions about the 2022 primary and general elections in Nebraska. Nebraska will hold three elections in 2022 - a primary election on May 10, a special election on June 28 and a general election on Nov. 8. 

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.

Student Organizations

Afghan Student Association

Asian Student Union

Black Graduate Student Association

Black Student Union

Latina/o Graduate Student Association

NOGLSTP-UNL

Spectrum UNL

UNL Mexican American Student Association

University of Nebraska Inter-Tribal Exchange

Campus Events

Dish it UpEvery Tuesday | 12:00 PM | OASIS Lounge 

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. 

This lecture by Julia Schleck, associate professor of English, will discuss the changing function of higher education in relation to contemporary disagreements over the point of an education and the worth of expert knowledge in decision-making.  

Voter Registration / Check Your Voter Status September 20 | 11:00 AM | Nebraska Union Memorial Plaza / Willa Cather Dining Complex / Harper Dining Center 

Register to vote, check your voter registration status, sign up for vote-by-mail, and learn your polling place for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election.  

Voter Registration / Check Your Voter Status – September 20 | 4:00 PM | East Campus Dining Center 

Visit a table outside the East Campus Dining Center to register to vote, check your voter registration status, sign up for vote-by-mail and learn your polling place for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election.   

Night of Listening: Voting 101 – September 22 | 7:00 PM | Swanson Auditorium  

Huskers will have the chance to dialogue the steps it takes to register to vote and learn about the early voting process for the upcoming Nebraska 2022 Elections with nonpartisan organizations, as well as their fellow students, to find common ground and be involved in the community, state and nation.   

Unify Challenge: College Bowl – September 27, 28 & 29, October 4, 5 & 6 | 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Zoom 

UNL students are joining thousands of students across 40+ college campus to show the nation how small conversations can make a big difference in our country. 

CAS Inquire: Partisan Polarization and the Need for Civic Respect – October 4 | 5:30 PM | Swanson Auditorium & Zoom 

Elizabeth Theiss-Morse’s talk will address respect as a cardinal virtue of democratic citizenship. While most Americans say they believe in civic respect, they do not practice this respect. Giving people civic respect means engaging with the other side’s ideas, rather than simply assuming political opponents are ignorant or stereotyping them based on their vote.   

Night of Listening: Voter Rights – October 20 | 7:00 PM | Nebraska Union 

Huskers and community members will learn about their rights as a voter for the 2022 Elections with nonpartisan organizations. Huskers will also be able to gain information for voting by mail and gain information about absentee voting.  

This lecture by Regina Werum, professor in the Department of Sociology, introduces the audience to fundamental social science concepts that help explain how both climate-based and social conditions can affect protests, while using climate and computer science tools to illustrate these dynamics in India and neighboring countries.  

Night of Listening: Decoding the Ballot – November 2 | 7:00 PM | Nebraska Union 

Huskers and community members will learn to decode the ballot and learn about the roles and responsibilities for elected officials on ballots for the 2022 Election in Nebraska (on Nov. 8) with nonpartisan organizations.  

This lecture by Geoff Lorenz, assistant professor of Political Science, examines the strategies these political elites use to survive and thrive, and sometimes even govern effectively, in an era of partisan polarization. Along the way, we’ll learn how political scientists get reliable data about actors whose job depends on their ability to spin, sell, and self-promote. 

CAS Inquire: In Search of Reconciliation on American’s Stolen Land – February 21 | Swanson Auditorium & Zoom  

Many Americans long to face up to the painful truths of our histories. They have a hunger for healing and reconciliation and are taking part in a rising social movement to reckon with and make amends for our haunted past. This presentation focuses on Indigenous people and settlers who are working together to grapple with and overcome histories of violent dispossession. 

CAS Inquire: Panel Discussion – March 28 | Swanson Auditorium & Zoom 

The CAS Inquire panel, featuring the five speakers from this year’s theme of “Searching for Common Ground in a Polarized World,” convenes to discuss and answer questions from the audience. 

Community Events 

National Voter Registration DaySeptember 20 | 3:00 PM | Center for People In Need  

Voting Rights Initiatives staff will share key registration skills and practice voter engagement strategies during a fast-paced and inspiring workshop. 

Lincoln GOTV Town Hall – September 22 | 7:00 PM | Nebraska Union 

Join for the first of three get-out-the-vote town halls. Gather to focus on voter processes like registration, voting by mail, voting in person, and what to expect this fall.  

Lincoln GOTV Town HallOctober 20 | 7:00 PM | Nebraska Union  

Join for the second of three get-out-the-vote town halls. Gather to focus on voting rights, voter ID, felony disenfranchisement, the MOVE Act, and more related to our rights as voters. 

Civic Saturday: DARE MIGHTY THINGS – October 22 | 11:00 AM | Antelope Park 

Civic Saturday gathers friends and strangers together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At each gathering, we connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation’s creed, and build relationships that create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. 

Lincoln GOTV Town HallNovember 2 | 7:00 PM | Nebraska Union 

Join for the third of three get-out-the-vote town halls. Gather to focus on “decoding” the Nov. 8 general election ballot.  

Election Hero Day – November 7  

Join Civic Nebraska in recognizing the immense importance and work of election administration teams, poll workers, and more across the nation. On this day, nonprofits, business leaders, brands, public officials, and many more will celebrate the tremendous contributions election administration teams are making to ensure a safe, secure voting experience for all. A day before the midterm election, Election Hero Day celebrates all election staff that ensures a safe, secure, and accessible Election Day. 

 

National Resources

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.