From an email sent 10.30.2020 . . .
With the election upon us next week, we want to encourage all instructors to be prepared, regardless of the outcome, by proactively thinking about how the 2020 Election may impact their students, their classrooms, and themselves.
If we agree that our diversity is our strength, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment for all, then it is incumbent upon us to make space for different views. Inclusion means creating space for our students’ psychological safety, so that all students feel a sense of belonging, and that their uniqueness is valued. This is referenced in the DEI’s TEN POINT working draft, as highlighted below.
Working Draft of OTIS’S TEN POINTS: STANDING UP FOR EQUITY:
You may wish to create a community agreement with your students to establish inclusive rules of engagement for these discussions. We suggest that faculty pay attention to any display of microaggressions (eye-rolling, positioning, sarcasm, etc), as this will likely inhibit the comfort of students who may not share the perspective of the majority. This could be addressed in class community agreements. Some faculty may choose to tie post-election discussions to the content of their courses.
Here are some resources that you might consult in preparing for these conversations: (These resources will be available on the TLC’s website and will also be posted on the bulletin board of the dashboard).
You can also remind your students they can participate in a post-election reflection hosted by the campus:
Here is the info:
Student Affairs is leading a Post-Election Reflection for all students on November 5th from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. This will be a “drop-in” style reflection. Staff members from Residence Life and Housing, Student Activities, and Student Counseling Services will be available to check-in, connect, process, or simply have rich and engaging discussions.
You can drop in this Zoom Lounge using Zoom ID: 939 7226 9724 or using the direct link: https://otis.zoom.us/j/93972269724.
Below is a “script” with some talking points for how a conversation could ensue:
Office of Academic Affairs