Handle Insensitivity, Protect Appropriate Free Speech & Educate Your Campus Community

The Kit's 100-page guide includes 2 key training sections to help you engage your campus community and prepare to respond to divisive incidents that may arise during the 2020 election season — while proactively promoting respectful discourse and debate. Plus, it's delivered in both print and electronic format for easy use and distribution.


Section 1: National Elections & Campus Strategies: Staff Guide to the 2020 Political Season

This section includes campus strategies for handling difficult scenarios that may arise, from intense disagreements to ugly political rhetoric, disruptive actions and more. Plus, you’ll find best practices from other colleges and universities to adapt into your own campus approach.

  • Addressing Potential Problems & Solutions
    • Knowing What You’re Facing
    • What We Learned from 2016
    • What We Can Do in 2020
    • Handling Volatile Topics
    • Preparing for Election Night
    • Best Practice Examples from Various Campuses
  • Keeping Campus Community Members Safe
    • Strategies for Handling Protests & Counterprotests
    • Helping Targeted Students Feel Safe
    • Preparing for Tough Conversations
    • Handling Verbally Aggressive People
    • Using De-escalation & Disengagement Techniques
    • Working Well with Campus Police & Law Enforcement
  • Student Activism
    • Confronting Inappropriate Comments & Actions
    • Handling Petitions & Other Signs of Unrest
    • Promoting Voting & Civic Engagement
    • Engaging Your Community
    • Communicating with Students About Messages & Methods
  • Promoting Inclusion & Contending with Bias
    • How “Civility” Can Be Oppressive & Mute Certain Voices 
    • Polarization, Minority Stress & Other Realities for Special Populations
    • Impact vs. Intent
    • Being Inclusive in Language & Actions
    • Increasing Levels of Cultural Empathy
  • Free Speech/Political Speech Considerations
    • Not Editing Content
    • Protected Speech That Can’t Be Prohibited
    • What Constitutes Unprotected Speech
    • Creating Open Public Forums
    • Handling Campus Speakers & Related Issues
  • Raising Awareness & Engaging in Respectful Discourse
    • Disrupting Patterns of Confrontation & Defensiveness
    • Teaching Students How to Debate Respectfully
    • Facilitating Difficult Conversations
    • Not Taking the Social Media Bait
    • Promoting Thoughtful, Active Listening
    • Steering Clear of Belitting, Condescending Behaviors


Section 2: 25 How-to Strategies for Positive Political Discourse & Debate

You'll get 25 ready-made, reproducible resources to help you save time and effort educating your campus community, including:

  • Forms of Engagement
  • How to Make Your Voice Be Heard
  • Exploring All Sides of an Issue
  • Becoming a Successful Advocate
  • Agreeing to Disagree
  • Talking WITH People Instead of AT Them
  • Articulating and Arguing Opinions Respectfully
  • Avoiding Condescension
  • Confronting Inappropriate Comments
  • Using Inclusive Language
  • Tuning in to Microaggressions, Marginalization and Implicit Bias
  • Taking Care Amidst the Pressure, Mental Fatigue & Rhetoric Surrounding You
  • Knowing What’s Protected vs. Unprotected Speech
  • Interacting with Administrators
  • Facing Mistakes with Integrity
  • Knowing When to Disengage


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