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Ohio State offers post-election conversations, resources

University’s Divided Community Project will lead series of workshops

As many students, faculty and staff head to the polls, The Ohio State University is offering programs and support following a contentious election season.

“Beyond election day, we want Ohio State to be a national model in bringing together people of all backgrounds and experiences for respectful dialogue,” President Kristina M. Johnson said Monday in a message to the university community.

The university is working with the nationally recognized Divided Community Project at Moritz College of Law to launch the “Education for Citizenship Post-Election Dialogue Series.” These virtual presentations, discussions and workshops will cover a range of election-related topics.

The first presentation will be “Unpacking the 2020 Election — How we got here and what lies ahead,” a dialogue with Moritz Law election experts on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants can log into a zoom link with their Ohio State account information.

The second virtual event will take place Nov. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is titled “Unpacking the 2020 Election — Can we talk?” This event will include brief presentations focused on talking in a positive and productive way about issues that divide the community, as well as breakout sessions for small group discussion. Registration information for this event will be shared soon

The Divided Community Project also developed post-election guides specifically for students as well as for faculty and staff. These guides can be used at any time and offer tips and information to help communicate effectively and accurately in the wake of the election.

The university’s Education for Citizenship Initiative includes mental health resources and sessions for students, faculty and staff. The program is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Equity, as well as the Employee Assistance Program, Office of Student Life, OSU Votes, Your Plan for Health and the Ohio State University Health Plan.

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