CSU offers help for 'unpacking the election results'

CSU-Chico will host a session to help students emotionally handle the results of the 2020 election.

The event is the first of its kind, created after students overwhelmingly indicated that they would like outlets to discuss the election results.

The Associated Students at California State University-Chico is hosting a virtual meeting for students who need help emotionally handling the results of the 2020 election.

The virtual meeting is planned for November 5 and is in partnership with the school’s Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, which seeks to “create an environment in which all students, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, or differences, feel respected, connected, and affirmed.”

The Associated Students is an auxiliary nonprofit corporation of CSU, which primarily creates engaging programs for students.

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“Disappointments happen… whether it’s a worldwide pandemic wrecking all your plans, the results of a critical political election, or relationships gone awry, it can be hard to stay positive and motivated with so much going on,” explains the event’s description. “Join us for a discussion with the CCLC to discuss maintaining positivity, not losing steam, and finding support during difficult times.”

CSU program coordinator Scott Yoder told Campus Reform that the event will aim to “give students a chance to talk if they need that sort of opportunity.” Participants will have an option to speak with like-minded peers, or discuss the results with a mixed group.

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Yoder believes that “all Chico State students are resilient” yet understand that they have campus resources to access, should they need emotional support. In a poll, roughly 75 percent of CSU Chico students “stated they wanted to talk about [the election] in some fashion, either with students from their own party, or as a larger group with both parties represented.”

To his knowledge, this event is the first of its kind.

As CSU-Chico College Republicans President Michael Curry explained to Campus Reform, “the fact that Chico State feels that students are not able to emotionally handle the results of the election is pathetic.” Curry, who is also a Campus Reform Campus Correspondent, said that such an event indicates that the university does not “respect their own students enough to treat them like adults.”

“I don’t know how an institution could feel proud of producing graduates at such a level of immaturity,” said Curry. “Chico State is more focused on sheltering their students from the real world than producing productive members of society.”

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