Regardless of the results, Tuesday’s highly contentious Presidential election and its aftermath may result in anxiety and disruption across the Stony Brook community. To encourage mutual respect, open dialogue, inclusion and civility in keeping with our values, the University is reaching out to provide support to students, faculty and staff.
“We worked together to successfully slow the spread of a virulent virus; surely, we can work together to stop the spread of division and hostility in this unprecedented election season,” said President Maurie McInnis in a message to the campus community. “We will be a community of understanding and respectful dialogue during this turbulent time.”
Our Caring, Respect, Civility website provides resources and support, including a continuously updated list of events. Our Free Speech website discusses the need to maintain an atmosphere of open inquiry and debate while simultaneous respecting our core values of equality, civility, caring, responsibility, accountability and respect.
Student Affairs offers an extensive array of resources and events, both educational and mental-health focused, to support our students. A virtual Community Dialogue — We Voted, Now What — is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Counseling services for students are available from CAPS in virtual (Zoom or phone) formats, including the 24/7 CAPS After Hours phone line.
Healthier U, Stony Brook University’s employee wellness program, is offering a series of Wellness Wednesday events beginning on Nov. 4 in the Stony Brook Union and streamed on the Healthier U Facebook page. The series will include mindfulness, yoga, a labyrinth walk and more. Healthier U and the Employee Assistance Program are also hosting facilitated fireside chats on Zoom for employees to gather virtually and share in a nonjudgmental, nonpartisan setting.
Employees who wish to speak individually and confidentiality about their experiences via phone or Zoom are welcome to contact the Employee Assistance Program here. Stony Brook Medicine has numerous resources and resiliency tools developed for COVID-19 that can also be helpful in managing election dynamics.
For more information and updates reflecting an evolving situation, please consult the Caring, Respect, Civility site.