Teachers, Learners, Citizens: Discussing the election with our students

With Drs. Brendan Skip Mark, Marc Hutchison, Brian Krueger, and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz (Political Science)

  • Date: November 2, 2020
  • Time: 12 PM EST
  • Location: This event was on Zoom and has concluded.


Do you find yourself overwhelmed by how to talk with students about the election? We are currently in unprecedented social and political times, and in a highly polarized information environment. How do we engage proactively with our students in these moments? How will we handle our role as mentors and teachers in the days immediately following the election when, no matter what the outcome, students may find themselves pitted against one another, fearful, and profoundly upset? The Faculty Development team at the Office for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (ATL) is proud to partner with the Social Science Institute for Research, Education and Policy (SSIREP) in facilitating this town-hall style discussion. Featured panelists will share their different takes on how they discuss elections with students, and we hope the session will encourage authentic conversation and co-creation of actionable strategies. We look forward to a thought-provoking and important discussion!