From all of us in EBIO:
In the wake of this stressful election, we here in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology would like you to know that we fully endorse the message from Chancellor Philip DiStefano (below) and hope that you will consider this department a safe and supportive environment for all. Supporting, respecting, and protecting our diverse campus community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identify, religious affiliation, country of origin, political thought, or any other aspect of identity has, and will always be, the policy of the Department of Ecology and Evolution.
In the coming weeks we encourage you to reach out to your community and those in need of support, connect with your family and friends, and focus on the present secure in the knowledge that you are a member of a supportive, respectful, and dynamic community.
From Chancellor DiStefano:
Dear CU Boulder community:
As a nation, we have just finished a particularly stressful national election cycle. I want to acknowledge that our campus is not alone in experiencing and witnessing a wide range of reactions today, from joy, to fear, to sadness, to sheer exhaustion. I’d like to share how proud I am of our entire campus community for hosting political speakers and events as well as engaging in respectful dialogue across campus during this election cycle. While we are not perfect or error-free, as a community we must remain committed to the values contained in our Colorado Creed.
You may find yourself with friends, classmates or colleagues who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions that can quickly intensify. In some cases, you, or others close to you, may feel you are experiencing or witnessing negative treatment or more subtle forms of oppression, perhaps related to the election or perhaps because of your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin, political thought or other aspect of your identity. At CU Boulder, we respect and protect all of these expressions of identity on our campus.
In every case, we are here to listen, engage and support one another. If you are struggling with the personal impact of this stressful time in any way, we have resources available to you. The campus provides safe spaces for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency and the impact of the election.
This is a highly stressful time of year on the campus and for the nation at the end of this election. We recommend several strategies to care for yourself and to help you remain productive throughout the semester, including:
- Acknowledge your feelings — check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
- Focus on tasks or events that are in your control.
- Connect with friends, family, a community or a safe space to ground and support you.
- Focus on the present and shift away from the future.
- Monitor your social media use — check your reactions before and after taking in information and set time limits.
- Opt out of unproductive conversations — pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping and drinking water. Incorporate activities that recharge and relax you.
Thank you for your engagement and investment in our national election process, and thank you for being part of our vibrant campus community,
Philip P. DiStefano