Laura Lindenfeld with Jeffrey Barnett, Cathrine Duffy and Yanna Krupnikof
From promoting voter registration, to inspiring informed engagement and providing support for students, faculty and staff, Stony Brook University has been reaching out to the entire campus community with programs, services, messages and campaigns designed to ensure civil discourse and debate during one of the most contentious times in our nation’s history.
As we near Election Day 2020, Beyond the Expected invites three experts to talk about: dedicated student services and support; specific resources for employees and staff in terms of health and well-being during stressful times; and the psychology behind today’s political climate, or why people are feeling the way they are and how they can work through divisions, fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Our moderator, the Dean of the School of Journalism, is also deeply involved in the courses we’ve developed for students.
In this special edition, “Election 2020 – Preparing for the Day After,” we’ll specifically focus on how we’re preparing everyone on campus for all they may feel or experience on Wednesday, November 4, in any of three possible scenarios: either candidate winning or an undecided outcome. We’ll look at events, programs and more we’ve been developing for different populations, as well as the plans we have moving forward to continue to promote our values of caring, respect and civility. We’ve also established a dedicated Stony Brook University website page on Caring, Respect, Civility.
The podcast will be hosted by Laura Lindenfeld, Dean of the School of Journalism and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. Guests include:
Jeffrey Barnett, Interim Associate Dean of Students. In this role, he’s responsible for areas such as community-building initiatives, large-scale programming, policy development, and student crisis response and case management, and he’ll talk about specific post-Election programs.
Cathrine Duffy, Director, Healthier U. Cathrine implements a full suite of programs designed to support a healthy work environment, and provide opportunities for staff and faculty to enhance their physical, fiscal and mental health.
Yanna Krupnikof, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science. She integrates psychology and political science to identify points at which new information can have the most profound effect on the way people form political opinions, make political choices and, ultimately, take political actions.
This podcast originally aired on Facebook Live on Monday, November 2, 2020.