Colleges and universities nationwide are establishing “safe spaces” for students troubled by the results of the 2016 presidential election, offering everything from counseling hours to painting activities.
St. Mary’s university has embraced the trend of colleges shielding students from the presidential election, offering a safe space with “warm drinks” and “nourishment” for students who are stressed by results.
Ete Martinez Anderson, the assistant dean of Student Life, sent a school-wide email encouraging students to “take a deep breath” and console each other in the Intercultural Center (ICC) and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC).
“Whether you’re celebrating a victory or grieving a loss, let us remember to take care of each other,” Martinez Anderson wrote, informing students that they could come to the WRC to “paint, engage in creative projects, dialogue, and reflect.”
The WRC Instagram page includes an advertisement for the safe space, telling students they can drop by for “love, discussion, a safe space, or a warm drink” while they “pay tribute to women of African descent.”
Students at Illinois State University were also exposed to post-election stress relief efforts, through the form of counseling and “self-soothing strategies.”
“Remember also that you can come to Student Counseling Services for support. Counselors can help you talk through your feelings, give you strategies for how to ground yourself, self-soothe, and turn distress into action.”
Some of the “self-soothing” techniques offered in a linked article include slowly sucking on a hard candy, watching the clouds, or soaking in a warm bath.
Illinois State also speculated that some students may be in “crisis,” and encouraged them to walk into the…
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