Your Future Your Vote

EWU’s Student Engagement Hub

Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 3
—Read a message from Interim President David May

The Associated Students of Eastern Washington University (ASEWU) want to ensure that members of the Eastern community have the opportunity to vote in the upcoming election. The organization, in collaboration with Spokane County, will host a nonpartisan “Student Engagement HUB” from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3) in the Pence Union Building’s Nysether Community Room (PUB NCR). All students, faculty, staff and community members who are eligible to vote will be able to complete same-day registration and vote on that day.


Any students looking for opportunities to de-stress from the election with something fun to do, or who are looking for someone to talk to post-election, can take advantage of these election week events and Eagles engage events.

Student Processing Opportunities

EWU recognizes that the 2020 election has the potential to cause additional stress for students as they attempt to complete their course work. We’ve put together a number of resources for students to access in the lead up to and the aftermath of the election. Some of these resources are dedicated to helping you find a place to process your thoughts and feelings with others. Other resources are designed to provide an alternative set of activities for students who’ve just had enough ‘political stuff’ and want to do something other than talk about the election.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ELECTION PROCESSING SPACES

EWU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has virtual counseling spaces to help you talk about the election. Choose from the embedded TAO Connect Zoom meeting links below during the identified time frame. Appointments are first-come, first-served. Upon entering the Let’s Talk Zoom meeting, you will initially reside within a waiting room, and will be greeted by your counselor when they become available (you will not be visible to other students waiting or being served). Your Let’s Talk counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources when indicated. Let’s Talk is different from ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly, or bi-weekly, 45-50 minute sessions. Let’s Talk is not formal therapy or counseling; it is a drop-in service where students can engage in a brief, informal, 15-20 minute consultation with a counselor. Visit EWU CAPS on Instagram for more information.


OTHER RESOURCES

It’s 8 a.m. “the morning after.” Do you know who’s woke? by Judy Rohrer, PhD — EWU Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies

MULTICULTURAL CENTER
The Multicultural Center will host a Zoom peer support space on Wednesday, Nov. 4, for Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color. The purpose of the virtual space is to provide BIPOC students with a place to freely discuss and process their thoughts/feelings regarding the 2020 election. Facilitated by the MCC’s Equity Educators, this event is reserved exclusively for BIPOC students.


OFFICE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION 
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will maintain additional availability for from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 with “Our Community Gives Us Strength” Zoom sessions. Any student needing support who wishes to reach out and talk is encouraged to participate or call 509.359.4705.


PRIDE CENTER
The Pride Center will use its existing virtual lounge spaces to provide processing spaces for students during and after the election. In addition, a Zoom session will be available on Nov. 3 for students.


WAGE CENTER

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the WAGE Center will host a Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research presentation by Russell Kolts, PhD, entitled “True Strength: Compassion, Gender, and What it Really Means to be Strong” from noon-12:50 p.m. Students can attend virtually via Zoom.

In addition, the WAGE Center will host virtual processing sessions

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4: Zoom
  • 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 5: Zoom

4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays: White Supremacy, the 2020 Election and the Pacific Northwest (free and open to the public)

Election 2020

Be Smart, Be Heard


Election Day is Nov. 3

If eligible to vote, have your voice count by submitting your ballot. Same-day voter registration and in-person voting available at EWU's Student Engagement Hub in the PUB NCR from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voter Engagement Hub

Respect Others

Just like you have a right to voice your opinion, so do others. While our opinions may not be shared by everyone we interact with, EWU encourages students to express themselves and to engage in conversations respectfully.

Take Care of Yourself

Breathe deeply. Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Give yourself room to process. Set boundaries. Your mental, emotional, and physical health are all important and need to be cared for. Exercise, get rest, eat well, sign-off of social media, connect with loved ones, and lean into 'me time.'

Stay Engaged

Identify ways to engage politically beyond Election 2020. Join an EWU club or committee. Attend city council meetings. Call or write your legislators. Over it completely and need a break from politics? You are not alone. EWU has planned alternative activities for the politically-weary.

Eagles Engage events

Get Connected

EWU Student Services are here for you. Reach out to CAPS, the MultiCultural Center, the PRIDE Center, the WAGE Center, Student Activities, Student Care Team as they host processing groups to talk it out.


Did you vote?

Use our "I Voted" Giphy sticker on Instagram to tell your friends and family you made your voice heard! Just search for EWU in the gifs section when you're creating a story and look for this sticker. 

A letter from Dr. May on Election Day

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Dear Campus Community,

Today is a very special and unique moment in time. Over the past months we have all witnessed the unfolding of an election cycle that in many ways is familiar, and yet in other ways feels like something many of us have never experienced before. Despite living in a pandemic that continues to have devastating effects on our country and experiencing significant social upheaval, our nation is continuing the long tradition of choosing our leaders at the local, state and national levels. I view this as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the American people.

If you haven’t already, I encourage all those who are eligible to inform themselves of the issues of the moment and consider taking part in the noble institution of voting. In Washington we are fortunate to be able to register to vote in person and cast a ballot today and I encourage you to plan to vote and, if you wish, track your ballot. The Nysether Community Room in the PUB is a place where you can get assistance today if you wish to vote.

I know that for many, there is significant anxiety and even fear surrounding this election. And those emotions are heightened by the fact that it might be longer than usual before we have a definitive outcome. Anxiety and fear are heightened also within communities and groups that are too often marginalized and unheard. While difficult, we are compelled  to find a way forward as a nation and as a local community to address underlying societal inequities and disparities regardless of the outcome. That will take time. In the immediate future, please be thoughtful and respectful of those who experience the election and the results as painful, frightening, or even dangerous.

However you are experiencing this election, please remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. I encourage you to take time away from the news cycle and continue to engage in the activities that bring you calm and some measure of peace in your life. If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed or needs to talk to someone, please know that the university has resources to help. If you are a student, please contact counseling services  or complete the Student Intake Form. If you are an employee and you need support, please contact the employee assistance program or through ICARE if you are concerned about a student. There are many other resources and opportunities for students or employees to gather in listening groups or to speak with those that they respect and those they need to connect with. There are also opportunities to meet with others in activities to help take your mind off of the stress that you might be feeling.

While we all share the hope there is no civil unrest in the coming days, we also know that it is a possibility. If you have not signed up for EWU alerts, please consider doing so to get critical updates. If you do become aware of anything that you feel is a threat to you, someone you know, or the campus, please contact the EWU Police Department.

I remain proud to be a part of this community.

David May, PhD
Interim President
Eastern Washington University

Voter Engagement Week Videos

Watch Previously Recorded Events from Voter Engagement week on KHQ.com!

Candidate Videos

Breann Beggs – Keynote, City Council President, City of Spokane
 Zack Zappone – Candidate for 6th Legislative District Position 1
Dave Wilson– Candidate for WA 5th Congressional District
Governor Jay Inslee – Washington State Governor and candidate for Office of Governor
Tom McGarry – Candidate 6th Legislative District, Position 2

Teach-in Sessions

Securing Your Vote – Vicky Dalton, CPA, Spokane County Auditor
Impact of Private Militias – John Collins, PhD,  EWU
Gender in American Elections – Jacki Tyler, PhD, EWU
Addressing Voter Suppression – Travis N. Ridout, PhD, WSU
The Electoral College – Kevin Pirch, PhD, EWU