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Post-Election 2020 Trinity Resource and Response Guide

This guide is intended to help you find information about November 3, 2020 and the days and weeks following Election Day. Here you will find resources to help students, faculty, and staff understand, discuss, and emotionally manage the election results.

Welcome

This is Trinity University's Post-Election 2020 Resource and Response Guide. You can bookmark it at libguides.trinity.edu/election2020.

Haven't voted yet or planning to work at the polls? For information on voter registration, voting, and working at the polls for early voting and on Election Day, please go to libguides.trinity.edu/vote.

Election Day Instructions

Are you going to miss the early voting window (ends Friday, October 30)?

Don't worry, Tigers don't let Tigers vote alone!

We have student, faculty, and staff volunteers who will help direct you to the nearest polling location on Tuesday, November 3. Alamo Convocation Center (located at 110 Tuleta Dr, 78212is open from 7 AM to 7 PM. It is a short walk from campus. Please take time to go on your own, or meet at the stoplight at Alamo Stadium (where the acequia water feature ends) between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Tuesday to meet volunteers who will provide a "voting checklist" and point you in the right direction!

Why prepare a resource and response guide to the 2020 elections?

This year’s presidential election cycle is happening during a global pandemic, heightened political polarization and disinformation, dangerously uncertain economic times, racial injustice, and ongoing oppression and violence against Black Americans. Many of us in the Trinity community are feeling overwhelmed and emotional about this moment, regardless of where we stand on the political spectrum. Audre Lorde once said (when speaking specifically about Black women writers):

"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. They are chaotic, sometimes painful, sometimes contradictory, but they come from deep within us. And we must key into those feelings and begin to extrapolate from them, examine them for new ways of understanding our experiences. This is how new visions begin, how we begin to posit a future nourished by the past."

In an interview with Claudia Tate in 1982, republished in Conversations With Audre Lorde.

 

The Trinity community can draw strength from coming together to listen, feel, share, and learn. It can be tempting to withdraw, hide from, or avoid challenging conversations. These conversations can be scary, uncomfortable, or seemingly futile (you might think, "I'm not going to change anyone's mind!"). But reflecting, responding, and discussing our lived experiences are critical components to civic engagement, and ultimately, to democracy. 

Participating in conversations pre- and post-election can provide individual students and student groups (as well as staff and faculty) with a foundational knowledge base as they consider the impact and importance of the election. We hope you will find some resources here to help you feel your feelings, give appropriate space to others to feel their feelings, learn factual information, and begin new ways of understanding.