We have just completed a long and hard-fought presidential election, which has forced a national dialogue on a number of issues and sparked a range of emotions. Reactions to the results span a continuum from jubilation and optimism to despair and fear and everything in between. Regardless of your perspective, we want to acknowledge the range of emotions that many in our Mason community have experienced throughout this process.
University Life staff are here to provide support. You can visit any University Life Office for assistance. A list of University Life Offices is available at ulife.gmu.edu. For those who live on campus, Housing and Residence Life staff are also available 24/7. And counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services are available to provide support to any students experiencing emotional distress (caps.gmu.edu; 703-993-2380).
For many, this is a time to discuss and make sense of the outcomes. University Life will be hosting a post-election conversation space in Patriots Lounge, Student Union Building I, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Additionally, Post-Election Conversation will also occur in Founders Hall, 222, Arlington Campus from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. today, November 9; from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, November 10; and from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16. Also on November 16, there will be a post-election analysis and discussion on the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room, from 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
University Life staff members will also be present to provide support and refer students to campus resources, as needed. For those who prefer to take a break from politics, a list of other events and activities can be found at getconnected.gmu.edu. In addition to these gatherings, there will also be opportunities ahead for post-election analysis by some of our Mason faculty and content experts.
At times like these, it’s important to remember our shared values: our students come first, diversity is our strength, we honor freedom of thought and expression, and we thrive together. While we may have different political views, we are all a part of the Mason Community.
Vice President for University Life