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Election Resources and Events

October 30, 2020

Michigan Social Work has archived resources and events from U-M and NASW connected to the upcoming election.


Manage Election-Related Stress Information

Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) resources to help you pace yourself and manage your resources. 

Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching Group Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: Well-being and Civic Engagement, for graduate and undergraduate students, focused on well-being and civic engagement during the 2020 election season. This group is designed to provide a virtual space to dialogue about the stressors of the university and political climate and to develop self-care skills and coping mechanisms in order to remain mindfully involved in civic engagement while attending to the other dimensions of our lives.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2020 Election Initiative

The nation is embarking on one of the most consequential presidential elections in decades with potential consequences for our profession and those that we serve. Therefore, it is critical that NASW and our members work to maximize voter participation through mobilization, voter engagement, and voter registration efforts. We cannot understate the importance of the 2020 elections, especially to low-income families, immigrants, and communities of color. NASW and the social work professional must continue to live up to our long history of supporting candidates that reflect our values and since of fair play.

We encourage you all to get involved and work to ensure that all Americans become engaged in mobilizing for a high national participation in the 2020 elections. The NASW Election 2020 Initiative offers a series of activities, events, and information sharing for our members and many clients that we serve.

Ginsberg Center and UMMA Dialogue Deck 

A platform to examine and explore social and political norms, values, and beliefs through shared dialogue and reflection. Each of these images was thoughtfully selected by UMMA and Ginsberg Center staff and faculty, drawing from UMMA’s permanent collection with an emphasis placed on artworks that both, directly and indirectly, evoke the culture, politics and history of the USA.

NASW - Michigan Chapter

The NASW Code of Ethics calls on social workers to promote informed public participation in shaping social policy and institutions.(6.02) Social workers have an important role to play in registering citizens to vote, particularly vulnerable populations. The Voter Rights Resource page provides Michigan-specific resources to support members who wish to organize voter registration drives, change public policy related to voting rights, and become involved in policy advocacy and civic responsibilities.

Voting is Social Work

Social justice is a core principle of social work practice and calls for ensuring meaningful participation in decision making for all people. Voting is Social Work is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that provides social work students and practitioners with the knowledge and tools to raise awareness about voting and to increase voting registration and participation. We do this work through our National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign which strives to integrate nonpartisan voter registration and engagement into social work education and practice.

Go Vote, Go Blue

The U-M website provides location-specific voting information and resources for each of the three campuses. Find answers to your questions about voter registration, absentee ballot and election day as well as quick links.

Big Ten Voting Challenge 2020

Launched in 2017, the Big Ten Voting Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative created to spur civic engagement and encourage more students across the Big Ten to head to the polls on Election Day.  Each of the 14 schools within the Big Ten Conference competed in the challenge. But the real winner will be you – for exercising your privilege to vote and your power to change the world.

Rack the Vote

Don’t be fooled by thinking that your vote doesn’t count. In 2016 alone, more than 20,000 eligible University of Michigan students did not vote. The margin of victory for the state in the presidential election was 10,704 votes. Rack the Vote is a nonpartisan resource to direct members of the Rackham community to information that will help them navigate Michigan’s voting laws and make their voices heard. Look for #RackTheVote on social, and please use it to spread the word and encourage your friends to vote.


Post Election Community Check-In (Virtual)

Join the Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management as well as our very own CAPS Counselor, Alejandro Rojas for a Post Election Community check-in. This event is meant to be an informal space to come together and process emotions related to the election. Bring your lunch and let's chat.
November, 4, 12-1 PM 

Post- Election Day Reflection and Discussion: What Now? What’s Next?

This session will focus on understanding the post-election context, debriefing the election day experience, and discussing future possibilities. Clinical Assistant Professor Justin Hodge will lead the session with an overview of the post-election context, followed by breakout groups facilitated by students, faculty, and staff to debrief, reflect, and discuss.
November 5, 8 PM

Creating Common Ground for a Kinder, Better Future

Growing the Capacity to Listen and Connect in Politically Charged Times

Thursday, November 5, 9-10:30 AM  
Monday, November 9, 9-10:30 AM  

Post Election Community Check-In (Virtual)

Join the Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management as well as our very own CAPS Counselor, Alejandro Rojas for a Post Election Community check-in. This event is meant to be an informal space to come together and process emotions related to the election. Bring your lunch and let's chat.
November, 9, 12-1 PM

Healing Justice: Holistic Self-Care During Challenging Times

U-M Counseling and Psychological Services will offer a series of three workshops focused on components of Loretta Pyles’ (2018) Healing Justice framework. Student activists and change-makers may find these workshops especially beneficial. You are welcome to sign up for one, two or all three workshops: 
  • Monday, 11/9 “Introduction to Healing Justice” 4-5 PM RSVP 
  • Friday, 11/13 “Healing Justice in the Fabric of Community” 3-4 PM RSVP 
  • Friday, 11/20 “Healing Justice: Rediscovering Spirit” 3-4 PM RSVP 
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NASW-Michigan Student Roundtable Post Election Discussion

November 16, 5:30-7 PM

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Nov 18, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM 
Nov 19, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM
Dec 2, 2020, 4:00-5:30 PM
Dec 9, 2020, 12:00-1:30 PM







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