November 3, 2020
The following communication was sent to Simmons students and parents on November 2, 2020.
The run-up to the 2020 Presidential Election has been especially difficult for our nation. Divisive rhetoric has intensified – making many of us feel worried and anxious. The outcome of this election matters deeply to our community and we recognize that the next several days and weeks may feel especially challenging, particularly if a winner is not declared on November 3.
The confluence of this election, living through a global pandemic, isolation from friends and family, and the loss of normal activities is a lot to manage. Self-care, reaching out to your support system, and asking for help when you need it has never been more important. We encourage you to use the support available to you through Simmons if you need assistance. No one should struggle alone.
We also understand that members of the Simmons community may want to gather in public places and spaces leading up to or after a winner is declared. The City of Boston is already preparing for this eventuality and some downtown stores have started boarding up windows and storefronts. As we have done for several years, Simmons University will host a polling location in Lefavour Hall and Boston and Simmons Police Departments will be present there throughout the day.
We support the members of our Simmons community who want to bring their voices and activism to this crucial moment. However, we’d like to remind the community once-again about best practices to ensure your health and safety if you choose to attend a demonstration.
Before you head to a protest:
During the event:
The civic engagement of college students is an important part of any election. Your voices matter and count in shaping a future of which we can be proud. If you have not done so already, we encourage you vote on Election Day.
If you have questions, please email [email protected]. Thank you for your continued help and efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community while lifting your voices for justice. Please continue to take care of yourself during these stressful times.
Chief of Police
Dean of Students