Post Election Resources

Welcome to the CCE’s Post Election Resource page, which we have carefully curated to be timely and useful for all members of our campus community. 

We know that this Election is especially historic, even beyond its context within the COVID-19 pandemic. The lead-up to November 3rd has seen rampant misinformation, voter disenfranchisement and intimidation, rising public health and safety concerns, protests for Black Lives raising up the systemic issues of racial injustice and police brutality  — all while our classes and jobs continue to carry on. Although there is excitement, most people are exhausted, frustrated, and tired.  

The uncertainty of the future is difficult and hard to navigate. We encourage everyone to be gentle and patient with themselves and each other in the days ahead. Student feedback and examples from other colleges and universities were instrumental in our election resource  selection and we hope you find them valuable in the next few weeks. These resources range broadly, from voter education to election discussion guides and community agreements to mental health support. If you have resources to share or are looking for specific tools, please reach out. 

Special thanks to the Counseling Center, Intercultural Center, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Arcus Center for your collaboration.

Sincerely,  
Emily Kowey 
Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement  

Questions? Need support or additional resources? Contact K Votes!
Call or Text the K Votes Hotlines: (269) 364 – 0855 or (269) 849 – 9421.
Email: Emily Kowey, ekowey@kzoo.edu

For Students

Counseling Center

Staff Contact Information: https://counseling.kzoo.edu/contact/staff/
Website: https://counseling.kzoo.edu/
Additional Mental Health Resources:

Intercultural Center

Email: ncarvalh@kzoo.edu
Available via Teams
Chat and Text Message: 231-679-7809, M-F 9:00am-4:30pm (evening and Saturday hours by appointment – please email)
Website: https://intercultural.kzoo.edu/intercultural-center-ic/

Religious and Spiritual Life/Chaplain

Email: Elizabeth.Candido@kzoo.edu
Website: https://orsl.kzoo.edu/

Health Center

Staff Contact Information: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/staff/
Website: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/

Arcus Center

Contact Information: https://arcuscenter.kzoo.edu/contact/
Website: https://arcuscenter.kzoo.edu/

Mental Health Resources

Discussion

Reflection

Active and Mindfulness Resources
From K Team

For Faculty and Staff

Counseling Center

Staff Contact Information: https://counseling.kzoo.edu/contact/staff/
Website: https://counseling.kzoo.edu/
Additional Mental Health Resources:

Intercultural Center

Email: ncarvalh@kzoo.edu
Available via Teams
Chat and Text Message: 231-679-7809, M-F 9:00am-4:30pm (evening and Saturday hours by appointment – please email)
Website: https://intercultural.kzoo.edu/intercultural-center-ic/

Religious and Spiritual Life/Chaplain

Email: Elizabeth.Candido@kzoo.edu
Website: https://orsl.kzoo.edu/

Health Center

Staff Contact Information: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/staff/
Website: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/

Arcus Center

Contact Information: https://arcuscenter.kzoo.edu/contact/
Website: https://arcuscenter.kzoo.edu/

Discussion Guides

Mental Health Resources

Reflection

Events – Pre and Post Election

PRE ELECTION

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 – Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Bike to the Polls Registration – OPEN
Need a ride to the polls on November 3rd? Outdoor Programs is pleased to partner with the Center for Civic Engagement and K Votes to provide our fleet of bicycles to be utilized for free by current Kalamazoo College students, staff, and faculty to ride to the polls. Book a two hour rental slot and pick up bikes in Red Square on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Reserve your ride ahead of time via this link: https://outdoor.kzoo.edu/k-votes-bikes/
Bikes will still be available on Tuesday, November 3rd without a registration at a first-come-first served basis.

Sunday, November 1st 

12pm-5pm EST — Make a Voting Plan with PIRGIM Students
Link to Join the Event: https://meet.google.com/wzo-qydi-nzb
Event Description: Join PIRGIM Students and the interns of the New Voters Project to make one final push phone banking to help other college students make a plan to vote. Many people don’t have someone in their life that makes sure the individual has the resources and materials to turn out to vote. We are that person to not only walk them through the process of registering to vote but to also walk them through how to make a plan to vote. Join us to help make sure we can help as many college students as possible to be prepared to participate in our democracy.

Monday, November 2nd, 2020 

11am-12pm EST – K Votes Office Hours
Zoom Details: https://zoom.us/j/97546239729?pwd=YTNNcDY3SFNGMEp4UExuZlJJdnZpZz09
Meeting ID: 975 4623 9729
Passcode: KVotes2020

12pm-3pm EST – K Votes Information Table
K Votes will have a table set-up in Red Square to answer questions on early voting and registration options in Michigan, distribute Voting Go-Bags, voting guides, maps to local polling places, etc.. All those who stop by for information will be required to wear a face mask, socially distance, and complete the Student COVID-19 Health Screening before coming to campus: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/mychart-daily-screening-tool-symptom-checker/

8pm – Bike to the Polls Reservations Close
Reserve your ride ahead of time via this link: https://outdoor.kzoo.edu/k-votes-bikes/

ELECTION DAY

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 
All Day: General Election – Last Day to Vote

9am-5pm EST – K Votes Information Table and Bike to the Polls Pick-Up
K Votes will have a tent set-up in Red Square to answer questions same day registration options in Michigan, distribute Voting Go-Bags, voting guides, maps to local polling places, etc.. All those who stop by for information will be required to wear a face mask, socially distance, and complete the Student COVID-19 Health Screening before coming to campus: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/mychart-daily-screening-tool-symptom-checker/
Bike Rental Pick-up will also be in Red Square from 9AM-5PM.
Those who reserved a head of time should arrive with face masks on to pick up their bike, helmet, and lock.
Reserve your ride ahead of time via this link: https://outdoor.kzoo.edu/k-votes-bikes/

10am-11am AND 2pm-3pm – Guided Walk to Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
Need to register to vote on November 3rd? K Votes Student Interns are offering a guided socially distant walk to Kalamazoo City’s Hall/Clerk’s Office to assist students who still need to register day of. All participants will be required to wear a face mask, socially distance, and complete the Student COVID-19 Health Screening before coming to campus: https://healthcenter.kzoo.edu/mychart-daily-screening-tool-symptom-checker/

6pm-7pm EST – Election Talking Circle with the Kalamazoo College Counseling Center
Join the Counseling Center in a safe, virtual space for students to talk about their thoughts and feelings related to the election. Join on Teams, search for Election Talking Circle channel. Passcode: oa3kuvc

7pm-8pm EST – The State of the Race: Election Night Discussion with Professor Justin Berry
Join Dr. Berry, Professor of Political Science at Kalamazoo College for a discussion on the Election and what to look for when watching the returns.
This event will be held on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95201969514?pwd=YWx4UFZ6K1I5cmp0YXhtQUMwZ2RTZz09
Meeting ID: 952 0196 9514
Passcode: KVotes2020

8pm EST – Virtual Election Returns Watch Party with Professor Justin Berry
Watch the returns as they come in! Join the event on the K College Microsoft Teams Site: 2020 Presidential Election Forum, Password: 549JKJ6

POST ELECTION EVENTS

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

6pm-7pm EST – Election Talking Circle with the Kalamazoo College Counseling Center

Join the Counseling Center in a safe, virtual space for students to talk about their thoughts and feelings related to the election.
Join on Teams: Election Talking Circle. Passcode: oa3kuvc

8pm-9:30pm EST – Lessons from Interfaith Leaders Around the World

Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Interfaith Student leaders for a look at how change-makers from around the world have remained resilient, held onto hope, and pushed for a better world. This will also be a space for bringing our own hope, joys, and anxieties about the American election. Everyone is welcome.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91671243757
Passcode: Academy

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

6pm-7pm EST – Election Talking Circle with the Kalamazoo College Counseling Center

Join the Counseling Center in a safe, virtual space for students to talk about their thoughts and feelings related to the election.
Join on Teams: Election Talking Circle. Passcode: oa3kuvc

Monday, November 9th, 2020

6pm-7PM EST – “So….Now What”: Post Election Conversation for BIPOC Students

This event welcomes all students but will center Students of Color, and provide exclusive space to BIPOC lived experiences and concerns about the future. Those who do not respect this will be removed from the event.
Hosted by the Intercultural Center and will be facilitated by Natalia Carvalho-Pinto and Dr. Kenlana Ferguson.
For Teams details to attend, please RSVP to ncarvalh@kzoo.edu.