|Post Trump, a Confederate flag flying at this Nazareth home|
(I obscured the street address)
An out-of-touch Democratic party, completely ignoring working class Americans because they know better, played no small role in Trump's victory. They are exemplified by Lehigh University's Birkenstocks, who oppose all development on the Southside except for urban gardens growing herbal tea. They've been devastated by Hillary's defeat. Things are so bad that the Provost is taking steps to ensure grief counseling, although he is shying away from "crisis response centers" for now.
Here's the Provost's message:
As we're sure many of you have witnessed first-hand, post-election feelings of distress and elation have been manifest on campus the past couple days, and are likely to continue during the naturally stressful conclusion of the present semester and the post-holiday period. While some students have felt anguish, fear, confusion, and anxiety prompted by and during this period of new and changed national circumstance, it has been very evident to many members of the LU family that compassionate and supportive responses to students have poured forth from myriad places within the community.
This process has been happening organically, as people have gathered in the Pride Center, the UCPS/counseling center, many classrooms, the OMA, hallways and spontaneous meeting places, the Women's Center, individual offices (e.g. faculty with students), the Office of International Affairs, and during programming sessions such as the Salam Neighbor film with Zach Ingrasci.
At heart, we are strong believers in the basic resilience of students and are generally hesitant to communicate implicit or meta messages that we doubt the human capacity and students' ability to manage life stressors. As a result, we have not asked counseling center and Dean of Students staff to institute crisis response centers. Rather, we trust that students will find the relationships that work for them.
However, we and faculty may notice students who appear withdrawn or distressed and who do not appear to elicit helpful support from those around them, or who appear to reject support offered and seem to spiral downward. We do want to remind faculty that there are many offices in the Student Affairs division that are staffed by personnel capable of providing assistance to these students. Faculty are encouraged to call the UCPS (83880) or the DOS (84156) office for consultation on how best to respond, or to refer students for assistance to the various offices in SA capable of helping.
Unfortunately, he's right.