After a long, contentious, and divisive presidential campaign, the election has finally come to an end. During the course of the campaign, individuals in our University community backed candidates who best represented their values, beliefs, and opinions. Now that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States, some in our community are very happy and celebrating the success of the election. Others, who supported Hillary Clinton or another candidate, may be feeling shocked, angry, and worried about the future of the country.
The Counseling Center acknowledges that the University is comprised of faculty, staff, and students of diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, political views, and opinions. Exchanging thoughts and reactions related to the outcome of the election may elicit heightened anxiety, negative social exchanges, hurt feelings, and anger. We are also aware that there are specific communities on campus who are fearful and worried about immigration, racial/cultural climate issues, and one’s personal and emotional safety. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, it is important that everyone work to find common ground, practice good self- and community care, and develop empathy for understanding the reactions of others. Empathizing does not mean agreeing with another’s opinions, rather it means seeking to understand another’s viewpoint and respecting their right to think and feel differently.
The link below provides excellent tips for managing post-election reactions.