- 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
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.
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
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.