Throughout the election season, the University will have several opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with various events, and learn more about civic engagement and how it relates to Jesuit education.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
Transportation to Local Polling Locations
Public Safety is available to escort residential students to local polling locations. This includes the Merion Tribute House (polling location for Merion Gardens Apartment residents), and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (polling location for Ashwood and Pennbrook Apartment residents). Click here for additional polling locations for residential students.
Quiet Personal Prayer
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Chapel of St. Joseph
Need a moment of reflection? All are welcome at the chapel of St. Joseph for quiet personal prayer on Election Day. The chapel’s capacity is 75 people.
On Earth as it is in Heaven: United in Prayer for our Country
5 p.m. @ Chapel of St. Joseph and Livestreamed
Join co-presiders Tinamarie Stolz and Fr. Daniel Joyce ’88, S.J., for a prayer service, “On Earth as it is in Heaven: United in Prayer for our Country.” This service is co-sponsored by the Student Senate and Campus Ministry. Pre-registration is not required, but seating is limited to 75 people. The service will also be livestreamed on Instagram at @sjucampusministry.
Student Life Election Table
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Campion Lawn
Student Life will be available to answer any last-minute election-related questions and hand out “I voted” stickers to Hawks who voted by mail and want to share their pride. Look for the red, white and blue table.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020
Campus Recreation — Stress Awareness Day Programming
Times vary @ O’Pake Upper Gym
Did you know that November 4 is National Stress Awareness Day? Channel your energy and calm your mind with these fitness classes and events, offered by Campus Recreation.
- Bootcamp: 8 - 8:45 a.m.
- Employee Yoga: noon - 1 p.m.
- Hawk Strong Competition: 3 - 5 p.m.
- Barre: 5 - 5:45 p.m.
- Stress Release Yoga: 6 - 7 p.m. (co-sponsored by Student Leadership and Activities)
Campus Ministry Office Hours
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Wolfington Hall
Campus Ministers will be available for in-person conversations for anyone who would like to discuss the election. Registration is not required.
Post-Election Examen Prayer
9:45 p.m. @ Chapel of St. Joseph and Livestreamed
Campus Ministry will offer a post-election Examen, inviting attendees to pause, pray, reflect, breathe and listen. The examen will be both live in the chapel and livestreamed on Instagram at @sjucampusministry. Seating is limited to 75.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020
8:30 - 9 a.m. @ Online
Start your morning off with a brief guided meditation, hosted by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). People who meditate report less emotional reactivity, reduced stress and better health overall. Pre-register online.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Service Opportunity: Beautify the Neighborhood
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Local Neighborhood
Help beautify the neighborhood with the Overbrook Neighborhood Association. Attendees will meet on campus at 9:15 a.m. to walk to the service location. Email Paul Koenig (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, November 5, to sign up.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
Service Opportunity: Back to School at Samuel Gompers
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Samuel Gompers Elementary
Samuel Gompers Elementary needs our help getting ready to welcome K-2 students back to the building! Email Beth Hagovsky (email@example.com) by Friday, November 6, to sign up.
SAVE THE DATE
The election is over — now what? Save the date for Saint Joseph's University's Post-Election Teach-In as we discuss timely issues and how you can remain involved in the political process well beyond November 3. Look for more information coming soon.
In addition to the programming above, we welcome the Saint Joseph’s community to practice an Ignatian Examen, which can be found on our website. Students are also encouraged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for support during their call-in hours, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 3 to 4 p.m.
Want to help your SJU classmates to be civically engaged? Campus Ministry is training students to become voting ambassadors. As a voting ambassador, you will give presentations on the logistics of voting and resources for Ignatian approaches to discernment for civic life/voting. Want to be a voting ambassador? Email SJU Campus Ministry Peer Minister Paul Koenig.
Power the Polls
America is facing a shortage of poll workers this year. Interested in volunteering? Head to Power the Polls to sign up. Note that you must be a registered voter in the county where you wish to volunteer.
The Examen is a traditional method of prayerful awareness that is a bedrock in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. Saint Joseph's community members are encouraged to download a mission-related Examen, reflect on their day, and become more mindful about where they are experiencing grace or goodness and where there is room for improvement and growth.
Policies and Procedures
As you engage in election-related activities on or off campus, please refer to the student and employee handbooks for important policies and information on Saint Joseph's code of conduct.
- SJU Student Handbook
- Community Standards, Page 5
- Assembly and Expression Policy, Page 40
- Campus Posting Policy, Page 48
- Speakers Policy, Page 74
- SJU Employee Handbook
- SJU Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy
Guided Discussion Points for Faculty and Staff
- What is your plan for voter engagement/activity?
- How might you react/respond if your chosen candidate(s) do not win or there are no apparent “winners” on election night or in the immediate days after?
- How might you react/respond if your chosen candidate(s) do win in a close, contested election that the losing side does not acknowledge as a legitimate victory?
- In what ways will you participate in campus based or community based programs, events, and/or discussions to process your emotions associated with the election process and aftermath?
Check in with yourself, and your students. How are they doing? Acknowledge the wide range of emotions that may be present following election day, especially with the probability that the results will not be conclusive for an extended period of time. It is possible some students may struggle to focus in class or feel unmotivated to work.
Regardless of the background of your students, affirm that your classroom is a safe space for them and one that does not tolerate hateful ideologies. If you feel comfortable doing so, ask your students: In what ways do they need support during this time? If you wish, offer your office hours as an additional space for students to share their experiences.
You may choose to designate a portion of class time for reflection; present a poem, quote, picture or song (preferably of an uplifting theme, such as unity or justice) and invite students to meditate or journal in whatever notes they have about their interpretations and feelings.
- Resources for a Civil Classroom
- Instruction on Elections and Voting
- The Election Collection: An Educational Guide to U.S. Elections
- Post-Election: Don’t Neglect Those Emotions
- Saint Joseph’s University Counseling and Psychological Services
Saint Joseph’s University experts are available to provide commentary to news media outlets on a variety of key topics related to the 2020 election. Please contact the Office of Marketing Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-1222 if you’re interested in speaking with any of our experts.