Dear Campus Community,
Today is a very special and unique moment in time. Over the past months we have all witnessed the unfolding of an election cycle that in many ways is familiar, and yet in other ways feels like something many of us have never experienced before. Despite living in a pandemic that continues to have devastating effects on our country and experiencing significant social upheaval, our nation is continuing the long tradition of choosing our leaders at the local, state and national levels. I view this as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the American people.
If you haven’t already, I encourage all those who are eligible to inform themselves of the issues of the moment and consider taking part in the noble institution of voting. In Washington we are fortunate to be able to register to vote in person and cast a ballot today and I encourage you to plan to vote and, if you wish, track your ballot. The Nysether Community Room in the PUB is a place where you can get assistance today if you wish to vote.
I know that for many, there is significant anxiety and even fear surrounding this election. And those emotions are heightened by the fact that it might be longer than usual before we have a definitive outcome. Anxiety and fear are heightened also within communities and groups that are too often marginalized and unheard. While difficult, we are compelled to find a way forward as a nation and as a local community to address underlying societal inequities and disparities regardless of the outcome. That will take time. In the immediate future, please be thoughtful and respectful of those who experience the election and the results as painful, frightening, or even dangerous.
However you are experiencing this election, please remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. I encourage you to take time away from the news cycle and continue to engage in the activities that bring you calm and some measure of peace in your life. If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed or needs to talk to someone, please know that the university has resources to help. If you are a student, please contact counseling services or complete the Student Intake Form. If you are an employee and you need support, please contact the employee assistance program or through ICARE if you are concerned about a student. There are many other resources and opportunities for students or employees to gather in listening groups or to speak with those that they respect and those they need to connect with. There are also opportunities to meet with others in activities to help take your mind off of the stress that you might be feeling.
While we all share the hope there is no civil unrest in the coming days, we also know that it is a possibility. If you have not signed up for EWU alerts, please consider doing so to get critical updates. If you do become aware of anything that you feel is a threat to you, someone you know, or the campus, please contact the EWU Police Department.
I remain proud to be a part of this community.