Virginia University Offers 'Healing Space' for Distraught #NeverTrump Students
George Mason University is offering a "healing space" gathering for students distraught over President-Elect Donald Trump's victory. The snowflakes unable to cope with Trump's win gathered after Student Body President Nathan Pittman sent an email with the subject header "2016 Post-Election Healing Space" to all Mason students. It said:
Mason Community - Healing Space - Post 2016 Election
Student Leaders in the Mason Community have come together to provide a space for students to gather in the wake of yesterday’s Presidential Election. Please feel free to stop by and have conversations with other members of the Mason Community. Time: 7:30pm, Wednesday, November 9 Place: The Hub Ballroom, Fairfax Campus Hope to see many members of the Mason Community.
Earlier, the vice president for university life, Rose Pascarell, offered support services for students unable to cope with Trump's win.
Psychological and counseling services were made available to students affected by Trump's win. The email from Rose Pascarell states, in full:
We have just completed a long and hard-fought presidential election, which has forced a national dialogue on a number of issues and sparked a range of emotions. Reactions to the results span a continuum from jubilation and optimism to despair and fear and everything in between. Regardless of your perspective, we want to acknowledge the range of emotions that many in our Mason community have experienced throughout this process.
University Life staff are here to provide support. You can visit any University Life Office for assistance. A list of University Life Offices is available at ulife.gmu.edu. For those who live on campus, Housing and Residence Life staff are also available 24/7. And counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services are available to provide support to any students experiencing emotional distress (caps.gmu.edu; 703-993-2380).
For many, this is a time to discuss and make sense of the outcomes. University Life will be hosting a post-election conversation space in Patriots Lounge, Student Union Building I, from 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. University Life staff members will also be present to provide support and refer students to campus resources, as needed. For those who prefer to take a break from politics, a list of other events and activities can be found at getconnected.gmu.edu. In addition to these gatherings, there will also be opportunities ahead for post-election analysis by some of our Mason faculty and content experts.
At times like these, it’s important to remember our shared values: our students come first, diversity is our strength, we honor freedom of thought and expression, and we thrive together. While we may have different political views, we are all a part of the Mason Community.
No word on whether the university would have offered psychological counseling to Trump supporters had Hillary won, though one suspects they would not have needed them. George Mason was named after one of America's greatest revolutionary patriots, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and staunch defender of individual liberty.