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Election Week Self-Care Facilitator Guides

Updated: Mar 12

This guide was originally published on LinkedIn on November 3, 2020


Engaging with students in a virtual world has brought a mixture of challenges as well as some opportunities to connect on different levels. One way I have approached this with teams has been to offer opportunities to co-create spaces with residents on either a 1:1 level or with small groups. Feel free to utilize this resource if you are looking for additional ways to support groups, teams, and communities this week with a Restorative mindset.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize interpersonal communication skills

  • Describe personal responsibility to one’s community

  • Name personal values, beliefs and identities.

  • Identify appropriate resources for success

Format 1 - 1:1 Conversations at Drop-in Circle

I. Welcome

  • Check-In: Share one high point of the day/week

  • If you haven’t met individually yet, discuss introductory topics like: pronouns, major/minor, club and organization involvement.

II. Community Responsibility

  • Share Affect: Staff Members share a few statements of positive affect about how they have observed the community so far this year. Examples: I was really proud of how we all…| I am impressed by the way you/we have… | I am excited for us to…

  • ASK: Staff Members ask residents how they feel about the Cornell and/or Rose House community right now.

III. Personal Support

Election Week Self Care - Prompting questions for students to create a self care plan for this week

  • What are your fears?

  • What are your hopes?

  • How did you react to the 2016 election?

  • Helpful/less helpful ways you coped/responded last time?

  • How can you cope/respond this time?

  • Who are your support people? Make a plan now to reach out to them.

  • What can you do to ground yourself today, that night, next morning, daily if results are not clear right away?

  • What is your favorite comfort drink/food/movie/activity?

  • Who do you support? How will you check in with them?

Academic/Social Support - Some prompting questions to get you started

  • What stands out about your time on campus so far? What has happened to any previous concerns or worries about the year?

  • What surprises have you had in your social life? How do these experiences impact some goals you had when entering college?

  • What have been the most thought-provoking ideas in your classes?

  • What have you been thinking about since/during prelims? What additional support do you need?

  • Are you interested in connecting to others in the Rose House community who share similar academic or social interests?

  • As you reflect back on the semester so far, what stands out?

  • What are some of your deeper concerns at this point in the semester?

V. Closing Check-Out: Share two words to describe how you’re feeling after our conversation


Format 2 - Group Support Circle

I. Welcome - If all members of the group haven’t met yet yet, discuss introductory topics like: name, pronouns, major/minor, club and organization involvement.

II. Share Affect: Staff Members share a few statements of positive affect about how they have observed the community so far this year. Examples:

  • I was really proud of how we all…

  • I am impressed by the way you/we have…

  • I am excited for us to…

III. Sequential Circles

Round 1 Check-in: Share one high point of the day/week

Round 2 Values: What is a value in your life you are trying to lean into particularly at this time?

Note: To strengthen the atmosphere of deep respect, it is important to pay attention to the values participants are bringing to the space

Round 3 Support Circle - Choose one to four of the questions below that feel right in your circumstances and then decide the order in which you want to pose the questions

  • What does this moment in time mean to you?

  • Who are your support people? Make a plan now to reach out to them.

  • Who do you support? How will you check in with them?

  • What stands out about your time on campus so far? What has happened to any previous concerns or worries about the year?

  • Are you interested in connecting to others in the Rose House community who share similar academic or social interests?

  • As you reflect back on the semester so far, what stands out?

  • What are some of your deeper concerns at this point in the semester?

  • What are some of your hopes and fears?

  • What ways did you respond during the last election and how do you plan to respond/cope this time?

  • What can you do to ground yourself today, that night, next morning, daily if election results are not clear right away?

Round 4 Building Empathy:- What is something that someone else just shared that resonates with you / a feeling you also share?

Round 5 Check-out: Share a word or phrase describing how you are feeling as we close our Circle.


Circle format adapted from Living Justice Press. (2020). Online support circles in response to social distancing

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