2020 Post-Election DU Events & Resources
Coming Together as a Community
In order to serve the community and help each other feel connected during a challenging year and election season, we have compiled a list of post-election events below. This event list is meant to be non-partisan and focused on how the DU community can engage in conversations and dialogue through a variety of different viewpoints, perspectives, and political activities. We hope this list serves as a starting point for connection, conversation, and support. We have attempted to gather information on all post-election events at DU, but if there is an event you would like to add to this web page, please email us at CommunityPlusValues@du.edu.
Check out below for upcoming events & resources
Upcoming Events (Listed Chronologically)
The Cultural Center: "A Space for Us" - A Space for Minoritized Students
Date & Time:
Tuesday, Nov. 3 | 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm MDT
Wednesday, Nov. 4 & Friday, Nov. 6 | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT (Open normal COVID business hours)
The Cultural Center is hosting a screening space for minoritized students at The Cultural Center on 1927 S York St. Snacks and refreshments provided.
1st floor: Election Coverage
Basement: Politics-Free Arts and Crafts Zone
C+V Special Edition Community Talks: A Post-Election Community Space
Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
At this point, to say that 2020 has been challenging feels like an understatement. We recognize that people feel exhausted, and now comes another incredibly emotional event: the 2020 election. As we think about how we take care of our mental health and well-being in these times, C+V invites you to join Dr. Travis Heath, Associate Professor of Professional Psychology and fellow panelists for a Special Edition Community Talk: A Post-Election Community Space to reflect, dialogue, and absorb the election results and think about how we process, heal, and move forward together.
The Nov. 3rd Election: What Happened? Why? What’s Next?
Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm MDT
SAVE THE DATE! The public believes November 3 will be the most important election in a generation. On November 4, Dean Fritz Mayer and Professor Floyd Ciruli will review what’s known and unknown in the presidential and senate results. Was it decisive or a muddle? What is expected next from election officials, candidates and campaigns – concessions, lawsuits, demonstrations?
This discussion is sponsored by the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, the Korbel School of International Studies and the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy
Graduate School of Social Work: Post-Election Student Debrief
Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm MDT
The Graduate School of Social Work Denver Campus MSW Program invites all MSW students to join together for a GSSW Denver Campus Post-Election Student Debrief
DU Programming Board: Post Election Decompression
Date & Time: Nov. 5, 6, 9, & 10 (or until supplies last) | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm MDT
Come recharge with us and swing by to pick up a mindfulness bag! Find us outside the library and Sturm.
Office of Student Engagement: DU Stories— What's a leader, who’s a leader? A Moth-Style Event
Date & Time: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT
Looking for a space for introspection, growth, and moving forward as a leader after the election? Join the Office of Student Engagement for a virtual storytelling event, learn more about your community and learn more about yourself. Talk with others about: What does leadership mean to you? How have you gone about your leadership journey? Where have you stumbled and where have you rose to the occasion? Where do you still have left to go and grow?
BIPOC Students Election Debrief
Date & Time: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
Facilitated by Singumbe Muyeba, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
DU Immigrant and Refugee Rights Colectivo: What the Hell Just Happened? Election Outcome Support Group
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm MDT
A discussion on how we feel about the election results and what we do from here. Join this event via the Zoom ID below.
Zoom ID: 473 125 1059
Beyond Elections & A Community Table: The Election Edition Kick-off
Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm MDT
From aspiration to action, join us for lightning talks and conversation to find ways to work together for social change. Led by DU Grand Challenges in partnership with ODEI, C+V, and IEE.
Stay tuned for registration link, speaker line-up, and more!
A Community Table: Election Edition
Date: Tables held between Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 & Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
As this divisive election cycle ends, we need space to listen, share, and build community now more than ever. We invite you to join us for A Community Table: Election Edition, an initiative for small groups to come together, regroup, process, and reimagine our future. We want to support you in building spaces with your friends, colleagues and relatives as we accept the election results and imagine our hopes for the world in 2021. In partnership with DU DialogUes, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Community + Values, DU Grand Challenges provides the tools (sample invitations, conversation guides, facilitation training webinars, and more) that you need to host a conversation. You choose when, on what platform, and with whom to have that conversation. It's that simple.
Election 2020: Foreign Policy Implications
Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm MDT
Expert panel will discuss the foreign policy implications of the 2020 election.
Faculty Fridays presented by the Korbel School: Public Policy and the Election – What Happens Next?
Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
There was a great deal on 2020 ballot this year, including a contentious presidential election that could have lasting influence to the economy, heath care, Supreme Court appointments, and myriad other issues. Beyond the presidential election, there were also many policies for consideration on the ballot. Here in Colorado, that included the successful repeal of the Gallagher Amendment, taxes on nicotine products, income tax reductions, paid family and medical leave, among many others.
Join Dean Fritz Mayer and associate professor and director of the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, Naazneen Barma, in a timely conversation about the global-to-local public policy implications of the 2020 election.
GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Series Event: Getting Along After the Election
Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 17 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
The election is over, and the outcome has seemingly split our country. As many of us head home for the holidays, there is a common feeling of dread about conversations with family and friends who disagree with our political beliefs. How do we navigate those inevitable conversations around the election without sparking unhealthy arguments? Is it even possible? DU alumni Dr. Timothy Chen (PsyD ’17) and Colin Johnson (MA ’19), join DU Dialogues Program Manager Neda Kikhia (BA ’16) for a discussion and tips on handling difficult conversations.
Center of the American West, CU Boulder: What It Means to Disagree, Admit a Degree of Uncertainty, and Maintain a Robust Friendship: A Dialogue
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join Patty Limerick, director of the Center of the American West at CU Boulder, and Jennifer Ho, director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts, as they talk about what it means to disagree. The partisan politics and extreme divisiveness of our current society have made many of us wary about entering into provocative subjects. How do we maintain unity when we confront divided opinions? How can we respect one another while vehemently debating topics we feel passionate about? Is it possible to separate the person from the provocation?
The Enrichment Program: America in the World, 2021 and Beyond: Post-Election Roundtable with Former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo and Special Guests Sam Zhao and Lewis Griffith
Date & Time: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
One Zoom session | ENRICH 0436 / $20 - registration required
Join a distinguished panel of international policy experts to explore what’s next after the 2020 election.
Former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, who holds nearly 40 years of diplomatic and public policy experience, will lead a discussion with special guests Sam Zhao, director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Lewis Griffith, a security policies analyst who’s published extensively on weapons proliferation and humanitarian intervention.
Visit The Enrichment Program website for more details on this and other courses.
Our Mile High City - A New Sense of Ownership
Date & Time: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
For the first chat of our third and final series, The Future of Community Involvement and Civic Engagement in Denver, we’ll be discussing the empowerment of stakeholders within the community we call home — Denver, Colorado! With the insights and experiences of local government officials, business owners and academics, this Fireside Chat will explore the future of community involvement and civic engagement in Denver. By questioning how we can best nurture a sense of citizenship and ownership over the future of our city, we hope to shed light on how to identify and uplift diverse community leaders that foster inclusive local engagement.
Taking Action for the Betterment of Denver
Date & Time: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
To conclude the final Fireside Chat of our third series on the Future of Denver — let’s talk action! We hope you’ll join us to think deeply about our personal and individual roles in building Denver into the best city it can be and steps we can take to realize that dream. During this chat, our knowledgeable and inspiring panel will also help us think about how communities can take action to address insecurities in their own backyard, specifically within the context of civic engagement, governance, policy and grassroots organizing. We hope that this chat will give you ideas for new projects and volunteer opportunities, questions to discuss with your family and friends and the opportunity to support our beverage partner. So grab a drink, pull up a chair and put on your thinking cap — it’s time for another Fireside Chat with the University of Denver.
Inclusion & Equity Education: 2020 Election: What’s Your Game Plan?
This election season is causing more stress for more Americans, as reported by APA. Regardless of party affiliation, voters are worried and anxious for the election process and results. Check out the PDF below for a series of questions to guide you through a planning and reflection process to manage your stress while preparing for the election. This tool can also be utilized by your team or office. Some questions were adapted from a Greater Good magazine article.
Citizen University's Guide for Gathering on Election Night
Citizen's University shares that "Just as we make a plan to vote with intention, we can also plan to spend election night with intention. This guide provides an alternative to being glued to the news or doomscrolling on your phone. Move through election night with purpose and reflect on our role in democracy by using the guide below."
ACLU: Post-Election Town Hall
On November 6, the ACLU hosted a Post-Election Town Hall to discuss the election results. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero and ACLU experts from across the country shared the latest information about the election, our coordinated efforts to ensure that every vote gets counted, and what the election results mean for civil liberties and civil rights.
To watch a video recording of the livestream town hall, click here.
To listen to an audio recording, click here.
Articles & Podcasts
5 Ways to Cope with Emotions Around Election Day (Thrive Global)
Coping with Strong Emotions Around the 2020 Presidential Election (The Trevor Project)
Election Self-Care Guide (Do Something)
In 2020, Self-Care Is Becoming a More Radical Act (Huffington Post)
2020 Election Stress (American Psychological Association)
Presidential Election Anxiety Role of Psychiatry (Psychiatric Times) (Historical Perspective)
How to Help Children Emotionally Process Politics and the Election (The Philadelphia Tribune)
Now’s a Good Time To Talk To Your Kids About Civics (NPR)
How To Talk About The Election With Your Kids (New York Times)
Six Ways Adults Can Help Kids Make Sense of a Divisive Election (Washington Post)
How To Talk To Kids About Election 2020 and The Ugly Side of Politics (Care.com)
How To Talk to Kids About The Election and Fraught Politics (CNN)