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As MSU advisors and educators, you are on the front line of helping our students cope with and make sense of the painful 2016 election experience.

Nov. 8, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

To belabor the obvious, today’s election comes at the end of a long and divisive campaign. This campaign included hurtful rhetoric aimed at core elements of personal identity, including race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, assault survivor status, religion, and ability. For many MSU undergraduate students, who are of an age where they are still developing a sense of their own identity and working on the foundation of their future lives, the campaign was especially traumatic.

As MSU advisors and educators, you are on the front line of helping our students cope with and make sense of the painful 2016 election experience. While I cannot give you a guide to all circumstances you may face, I ask that you reassure all students that we care and believe in them, and them they are all members of our Spartan family. For those students who are able to listen, please tell them that while we are committed to exchanging ideas it is wise to consider carefully the effect of what you say on the diverse community in which we live. For those students who are able to learn, please remind them that snap judgements are always incomplete and a true analysis of this election remains to be uncovered by future scholarship.

For those students who need a place to decompress and process, please let them know about “The Day After” event scheduled for Nov. 9 from 7-9pm in the Business School Complex room N130.

I know that, as professionals, you will provide the needed support to all of our students, regardless of political affiliation. Thank you for your efforts.

Best Regards,

R. Sekhar Chivukula
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Feedback and suggestions, especially from the MSU community, welcome: email sekhar@msu.edu.

R. Sekhar Chivukula is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University.