Post-Election Events and Resources
Dear UIC Family,
We care about you. We know that to say 2020 has been a difficult and unusual year is a drastic understatement. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has shaken families and communities and changed nearly every aspect of how we interact with one another. The tremendous activism of the past several months has worked to expose the social injustice and racial inequality that has existed for centuries. Moreover, many have called this presidential election the most significant in a generation or more, and it is taking place in a time of significant polarization. In the midst of all this, it is understandable that feelings of anxiety and stress would be high for college students across the country and for our campus community.
We want you to know that your UIC community is here for you. Many units across campus have put together a range of programs for you to breathe, reflect, create, process, and be in community. On this page you can find all the details about events at UIC, and we also included a few that are occurring elsewhere in Chicago and beyond that may be of interest. We know that some folks prefer to process on their own and some with others - and that is all okay!
Also - know that there are many units on campus that are here to support you, including the Counseling Center, the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Diversity, and many others. The Wellness Center created an amazing resource series called Caring for your Flame - check it out! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support.
Remember: Your UIC family is here for you.
(Know of an event that is not on this list? Add it here.)
- Ongoing – Virtual AARCC: Students, staff, and faculty looking to engage and be with UIC Asian American community can visit Virtual AARCC, where folks can drop in and say hello, interact with AARCC staff and others, learn more about our center, and be with community between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday. To learn more, visit here.
- November 19, 4:00-5:30pm, Campus Conversation: What’s Going on and Why? The 2020 Election – What Now? Provost Susan Poser will host a virtual Campus Conversation, featuring the same panel of UIC faculty who shared their thoughts at the October Campus Conversation, prior to the presidential election. You can view a recording of this conversation here, however, it is not a prerequisite to attending this discussion. Discussion and Q&A will follow. To join the event, please use the following Zoom Webinar link and passcode: https://uic.zoom.us/j/87838807659?pwd=UXZodXlUdElrVklKdGZ2SzRCRlhpUT09 (Passcode: p1K5y5Vk).
- January 18, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: This year’s MLK Day of Service will connect the results of the election, the pandemic, and the civic unrest that has been occupying our hearts, minds, and streets in a tangible way to give back to the surrounding community. Participants will be able to join a virtual welcome event that highlights these connections, and then work on service projects in-person or virtually. Registration will open at the end of November, at this link: go.uic.edu/mlksignup
Prior to attending an event, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the UIC Open Expressions policy.
RESOURCES AND TIPS
- There are so many folks at UIC who are here for you if you would like to talk including the Wellness Center, the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Diversity, Religious Workers Association, and many others. Please reach out if you need.
- Visit the UIC Counseling Center website for clinical services, on-demand resources such as the stress management mobile app and Mind-Body resources, access to crisis services, and other coping tips and strategies to help yourself or others. There are also workshops hosted in collaboration with other departments where you might find an opportunity for safe space discussion/dialogue of experiences and impacts as related to the election and other stressors.
- Remember to take care of yourself! Take time to sleep, eat and do something that you find relaxing and fun. Looking for ideas of things you can do on your own or in Chicagoland? Below are a few suggestions:
- The Wellness Center created an amazing resource series called Caring for your Flame – check it out!
- The Arab American Cultural Center has created another great resource called Crafts to De-stress and Support Movements.
- Visit one of the many outside spaces to relax and unwind in Chicagoland.
- Grab some crayons, markers or colored pencils and do some coloring.
- Go for a walk and collect a few pretty fall leaves and turn them into art.
- Light a candle at home or virtually for you and/or a loved one.
- Register for a free visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo.
- Are you a faculty member looking for resources? Visit the Election 2020 Faculty Resources page through the UIC Center for Teaching Excellence.