Returning to the classroom after the election
Here are some articles and other resources you may find useful for addressing the election with your students. We will update this list as we learn of new resources.
Do you have resources or ideas to share? Send them to email@example.com
Dec. 8 Webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
- Dec. 8 Webinar: Strategies for Dealing with Emerging Classroom Dynamics
- NCFDD resources for teaching during difficult times
CSUMB Personal Growth and Counseling Center
Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Faculty Resources: Inclusiviews, Inclusive Teaching/Classrooms, Microaggressions, Working with International Students, Islam
TLA Teaching Cooperatives
Several TLA Teaching Cooperative focusing on topics relevant to the election are still meeting:
To share with students
- Otter Realm: The Otter Realm newsroom is open to all students to share stories, post responses on walls, etc.
- Otter Realm Blog Posts: To contribute to the blog, students can contact Kim Haley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rebecca Caladiao (email@example.com) or use this Otter Realm Google Drive folder.
- Student Center: There are posters in the Student Center on which students can share their responses to the election. Let your students know.
Teaching Articles, Videos & Resources
- Academe: Eight Actions to Reduce Racism in College Classrooms
- Michigan State Center for Research on Teaching and Learning: Returning to the Classroom After the Election
- University of Washington: Post-election resources and support (includes resources on self-care)
- Vanderbilt University: Teaching in Response to the Election
- The Ohio State University: Resources for Teaching the Presidential Election and Other Controversial Topics
- Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Tolerance (K-12 audience, but has some good basics that can be applied to the college environment)
- New York Times: Election Day 2016: Teaching Ideas for Before and After the Votes are Tallied
- Chronicle of Higher Education: Lesson Plans After the Shock: How Instructors Treated Trump’s Win in the Classroom
- Amherst Media Videos: Difficult Dialogue Series
CSUMB Faculty Responses & Ideas
Here is a perspective to consider as we strive to create 'safe' spaces in our classroom. I'm hearing from many students (mostly students of color and LGBTQ) that they are feeling shut down and their pain not acknowledged because of how we as faculty are handling these challenging conversations.
(Also see "The Varieties of Anger" below.)
I wrote a statement which I read to my students. It focused specifically on issues related to class in marine science. Here's a link to the text, which I decided to post on my website to share with others: http://kerrynickols.weebly.com/blog/a-letter-to-my-students-after-november-8-2016
Thanks for providing this resource. My sense from colleagues here and elsewhere is that the election will be a continuing topic. I hope all Deans and Chairs will emphasize that the topic is appropriate for faculty to address.
The Chron article is especially helpful as it describes what educators did immediately, with emotions high. I was in that category, with an 8am Wednesday class.
I led off yesterday's classes with showing my undergrads my uncensored, unmodified Twitter stream that I saw at 6am Wednesday. (Screenshot attached.) [Not included. Please request directly from George Station: firstname.lastname@example.org] This made sense in context of my FYS 156 tech & society class, as we were already using the technology. It showed the concern of various educator colleagues and of parents. One colleague, I learned, even kept his daughter home from school yesterday. My students didn't want to say much aloud, but they had concerns to share online with each other beyond the in-class conversation.
I also asked them to check on (e.g. text) classmates who didn't come to class Wednesday (there were a few!) and on any younger siblings back home.
Finally, I asked everyone to describe a "third place" in the Oldenburg sense, so they'd realize they had someplace to go in addition to campus if necessary. (Thankfully, "on topic" for my course, so no instructor-guilt on that count.) Link:
Along the same lines of the "third space," the students of The Otter Realm decided to open the newsroom to all students who want to share stories, post on a wall, create art, or just write their papers in the lab.
Also, they started a blog journaling about their experience regarding the elections. The only rule is that all posts need to come from a place of care and respect to all views. Everyone is welcome to participate in this collective journal of emotions, resources, poems, support, and ideas from our students. If your students want to participate, please tell them to email Kim Haley (email@example.com) or Rebecca Caladiao firstname.lastname@example.org
Or use this:
The first posts will start showing up by noon.
- Chronicle of Higher Education, Prof. Hacker: Election 2016: How Did Higher Ed Leaders Respond (President Ochoa's response is highlighted in this article)
- Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election
- Chronicle of Higher Education: Raising a Voice for Academe Under President Trump
- New York Times: The Varieties of Anger
- New York Times, California Today: With Trump's Rise, a Return to the 'Rebel State'
- Inside Higher Ed: How do we move forward?
- Chronicle of Higher Education: How Minority-Serving Institutions are Responding to Trump's Win -- and Making Their Pitch