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Post-Election 2016 Recap & Resources

After a difficult and contentious 2016 election, this guide creates a supportive virtual space to explore, learn, and discuss ideas brought up in the election and the ideas we grapple with after.

What happens now?

For some, the news of Donald Trump being elected is shocking and frustrating. The future is unclear and even a little terrifying. For others, it is a time to celebrate a Republican win and think optimistically about the future. Sometimes these emotions can get us stuck as we over-analyze the situation and try to decide what went wrong or right. We are and should be allowed to feel these emotions but also must remember: There is work to be done.

The world responded to this election news in so many ways. We saw

Not only did individuals respond, but whole organizations have made statements and promises to their commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice these next four years. Some of these groups include

Use this page as a way to see how the world is responding and talking to our President-Elect. How do you fit in? What can you do to make our university and our America a better place? It's time to speak and it's time to listen to the voices that have been suppressed. 

This election showed us that often we do a great job of knowing ourselves and valuing our perspective. But what we miss in this self-centeredness is the experiences and perspectives of those around us who did not grow up or think about the world the way we do. In the next four years we all have to do a better job of stepping out of our echo chambers and listening to those around us. It also means taking a more active role as a citizen of the United States. As Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, voting is just one aspect of being an American citizen. We have room to grow. Getting involved and hearing other perspectives can be done in many ways.

  • Read a book from an author who doesn't look like you (NPR gives us a good place to start). 
  • Volunteer for an organization that supports a cause you care about. Be. An. Advocate.
  • Some have chosen to wear a safety pin in solidarity and symbolic gesture. That's a start but there are ways to push that solidarity farther.
  • Take a more active interest in what's happening at a local, state, and federal level of government. Call your U.S. Representatives, Senators, and other government officials to let them know what you think. Be informed about the issues and encourage your friends, peers, and family to be as well.
  • Read Rebecca Solnit's essay on how to survive a disaster.

As President-Elect Donald Trump begins to build this staff and advisors, there has been a normalization of Trump. We must continue to be critical as we transition to a new America. Just like millions of Americans held Hillary Clinton accountable for her political careers and actions, we must hold President-Elect Donald Trump accountable. We must hold ourselves accountable after this election.

The Internet's Response

If we have learned nothing else from the past two years of electioneering, we should hear the message loud and clear that the American people want Washington to change. - Senator Elizabeth Warren in a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump


Below is a YouTube playlist with some video content that was created after the election.


Podcasts

Another way to hear a perspective that isn't yours is to listen to podcasts. There has been a rising interest in podcasts and this has allowed some great voices to be heard. Below is a sample of podcasts episodes centered on the election. Episodes featured below include:

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