Nov. 2, 2020: Tomorrow is Election Day

Dear Spartans,

Tomorrow is election day. Some of you already have exercised your constitutional right to vote at an early polling place or via mail-in or absentee ballot. Others will vote tomorrow in person. Exercising the right to vote is our civic duty, and I am proud of Spartans across the nation for doing so.

While it’s quite possible we may not know the outcome tomorrow night, we do know that as Spartans, we will wake up Wednesday and continue working to create stronger, healthier, more prosperous tomorrows. We’re an amazing cross-section of diverse individuals. And, regardless of which candidate each of us supports, we know we are stronger when we respect and value our diversity of ideas.

Over the past several weeks, I have been immensely proud of all the work MSUvote and campus partners have done this year to generate record-setting voter participation among students. They also led an impressive voter education and engagement campaign. MSUvote has been, and will continue to be, a trusted source for non-partisan election information.

Students, your generation will make up more eligible voters than almost any other this year. This is your time; let your voices be heard.

As we move forward together, let’s remember that we have an opportunity to close the gaps that divide and build a more connected and inclusive community. Dialogue and meaningful exchange foster greater understanding and appreciation of our differences and discovery of our similarities.

To help with this effort, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives has curated resources to support faculty, staff, administrators and students. You may find this information helpful to address questions, engage and learn from one another. This information addresses a broad range of concerns, including strategies for meaningful dialogue, classroom interaction, self-care and more.

Finally, you may feel moved to gather in response to the election. To ensure the safety of our community during this time, local health officials and the university have established policies that limit the size of gatherings. Wherever you are, if you choose to join a gathering of any kind, please follow all public health guidelines and remain safe.

Thank you for taking the time to read these letters. I know you are faced with a great deal of communication from many different directions on a daily basis, so I greatly appreciate your time.

Go Green! Go White! Go Vote!

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.