The Center For Student Involvement Essay
“We had an election last week and a lot of folks have been expressing a lot of different feelings, thoughts, and opinions about what the results may mean. We wanted to give a place for people to come and talk about things,” said Rick Brown, Director of CSI.
As the first in series of events, “I Feel” encouraged students, faculty, and staff to reflect on their range of emotions following the election and seek support from the Ramapo community. For the first few minutes, attendees engaged in a short dialogue about their reactions to the election results with those seated around them.
“I found myself thinking in ways that I hadn’t expected to think. I’m an immigrant, but I’m in a power of position compared to most immigrants,” said Ramapo College President Peter Mercer in the small group discussion. “Yet I still felt apprehensive about some of the things said during the campaign as a result. I think an awful lot of people situated differently would feel much worse.”
Moderators Marianne Dunn, psychological counselor at the Counseling Center, and Ebony Jackson, coordinator of the Women’s Center, open the floor to the larger forum where individuals could share their personal thoughts or themes from their group conversations.
“One of the things we…