Post-Election Resources

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In the lead up to the 2020 Election, Deacs Decide engaged with students, staff, faculty, and community members to promote and support collaborative, campus-wide political engagement. As our nation prepares for the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021 – and as our communities process and react to the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th, 2021 – we realize there is still much work to be done if we are to support our democratic institutions and pursuits.

In light of the continued, polarized nature of our local and national politics, a series of resources have been developed and shared on this site. Staff and faculty from across Wake Forest are working to address an underlying sense of uncertainty and concern, by encouraging members to focus on their wellness, guidance around facilitating effective yet difficult conversations, considerations for analyzing news and social media, and by sharing scholarly perspectives.

As our society – and in particular our campus community – works to build on the tenets of our democracy, let us each work to value one another.


Facts & Fake News

As we think about the rise of mis/disinformation and the impact it has on our lives, our relationships and our democracy, it is critical to understand why it’s such an effective tool, how to behave when we encounter it and how to avoid it as much as possible.

Facts and Fake News: How to tell the difference, a comprehensive guide from WFU librarians Rosalind Tedford and Hu Womack, for understanding how to be a better online consumer of information.

Facts and Fake News Guide

Managing Your Stress

The political divisions and social unrest in the United States have continued into 2021.

Uncertain political times can leave you feeling unsure about the future. Check out these tips for how to cope with socio-political stress.

    Coping with Sociopolitical Stress

  • Limit your intake of news & social media
    • Feel distressed about what you’re seeing? Limit your consumption on social media sources such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This may also include watching and reading the news.
      • Check out Press Pause for tips and ideas for how to care for yourself and your mental health in the midst of a stressful time.
    • Finding it difficult to disengage? Utilize apps like LeechBlock or SelfControl that can help you temporarily block access to social media or certain websites, or set a time that allows you to engage with different platforms, but sets limits on the time you have to consume information.
    • Find true and uplifting stories through sites like Positive News and Good News Network or feeds like goodnews_movement.
    • Make sure to fact check the information you are consuming through resources such as Politifact or FactCheck.org
  • Maintain your routine & engage in healthy activities
    • Utilize the Office of Wellbeing’s Thrive Remotely services. Explore meditation and mindfulness, tools for anxiety and stress relief, gratitude, and more.
      • Self-soothing activities like meditating, breathing exercises, walking, or listening to music can be beneficial during a stressful time. MINDFULWAKE and the University Counseling center have additional resources to increase wellbeing.
      • Practice gratitude. Reflect on what you are grateful for by keeping a gratitude journal, keeping a list, or speaking it out loud. Don’t know where to start? The Office of Wellbeing has a Gratitude Journal.
    • Take breaks through your day and take time for yourself. Find what brings you joy, whether that is connecting with family and/or friends, engaging in spiritual or religious practices, or exercising.
    • Take care of yourself. Eat meals regularly, follow a sleep schedule, and exercise daily if possible.
  • Engage in healthy communication
    • Identify someone you trust, reach out to them, and talk through the events.
    • Acknowledge your feelings. Being able to identify what you are feeling is the first step in working through your feelings.
    • Understand that there will be changes. Disasters can disrupt the lives of people living in affected areas or populations for a long time.
    • Make space to grieve. You can grieve anything, not just the loss of a loved one. By acknowledging pain, and giving yourself the chance to fully experience your feelings, you can begin to let them go and look forward with renewed optimism.
    • Stay present. Increasing your awareness of the things that are troubling you allows you to identify helpful solutions for the moment.
    • Connect with the University Counseling Center and take advantage of their mental and emotional well-being resources.
    • Check out Thrive Remotely resources from the Office of Wellbeing.
    • Having trouble talking through differences? Reach out to the Office of Civic & Community Engagement about setting up a dialogue program.
  • Get involved
    • Take action where you can. Get involved with a cause that is important to you.
      • Connect with Deb Marke in the Office of Civic & Community Engagement to get involved with various social justice issues on campus.
    • Volunteer with a local organization, and make a difference in your community.
    • Join a student organization.

Insurrection at the Capitol: Where Do We Go From Here

Following the insurrection at the Capitol, Kami Chavis, Associate Provost of Academic Initiatives and Professor of Law at Wake Forest joined the American Constitution Society to discuss the events of January 6, 2021.