With contributions from 2020 - 2021 CITLS Student Fellows: Anna DeVault '21, Sharon Engel '22 & Hamna Younas '22
To provide guidance for instructors teaching during or after a distressing event.
Students and instructors can be differentially impacted by current events whether they be local, regional, national, or international. Examples are injustices occurring within the United States as well as political polarization, in addition to conflicts or wars in one’s home country or one with close ties. Below previous CITLS student fellows provide recommendations for what professors can do to facilitate trauma-informed, respectful classroom dialogue when such an event occurs. This resource, originally developed around the time of the 2020 U.S. election, has been adapted to be expansive of any event that students might find distressing.