2020 Election Events and Resources

Campus partners are collaborating to offer several Election events– a time for students, faculty, and staff to come together for thematic discussions related to the election and our well-being. Community members with an SMC email are welcome to participate.

 

A Message from Kathy littles - Associate Provost FOr Faculty Affairs and senior Diversity Officer

 

“Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”
— 
Coretta Scott King

Dear Saint Mary's Community,

As I write this message, millions of people have already exercised their right to vote in the 2020 election.  While some are waiting hours in line to have their voices heard, I am sitting with a lot of emotions. I choose to remember happy memories of going to the polls with my parents at the local firehouse in East Oakland.  My mother would often share a story of how employers would give their employees the day off to vote, as it was an event and an expectation.  I think about my ancestors who endured unconscionable violent systemic racism who didn’t have the right to vote but fought for me to have the ability to “Completely fill in the oval to the right of your candidate of choice.” Voting for me is an act of Kathy Littles posing for the cameraacknowledgement and resistance.  Voting isn’t just for me, it’s for others and for generations that will follow.  It’s for you too.

In the coming days and weeks our Saint Mary’s community will hold several Election events for students, faculty and staff. Please take a look at the calendar to keep up to date on community dialogues, circles, listening sessions and more.  I want to thank our wonderful faculty, staff and student leaders who are holding these spaces for us to share, speak, learn, listen and teach.  You may find the CCIE Difficult Conversations Guide helpful as you navigate different spaces.

During this election season, let us take time to reflect on what this moment means for ourselves and our community.  Let us engage in respectful dialogue with civility towards one another.  Let us uplift the voices of the marginalized who feel unheard or unseen.  Let us hold people accountable for their words and actions-and call “a thing a thing” unequivocally, this means calling out inappropriate words and actions.  Let us not use social media as a weapon to espouse racist, homophobic, xenophobic language. Rather SMC community, let us remember and practice our Lasallian, Catholic and liberal arts heritage that espouses principles of “social justice, faith in the presence of God, respect for all persons, inclusive community and quality education.”  

Onward and Upward.
Kathy Littles, PhD
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Senior Diversity Officer