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College’s ‘Thanksgiving Toolkit’ helps students cope with political disputes

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“Do they have political views that make you feel vulnerable and distressed? How do you engage with people you love, yet disagree with? How do you take care of yourself in the meantime?”

These questions and more were tackled at a “conversation among faculty and students” on Monday at the College of William & Mary.

The event, titled “Thanksgiving Toolkit: How to Handle Politically-Motivated Family Conflict and Take of Yourself,” aimed to offer students “strategies for discussing privilege,” “how to deescalate conversations,” and how to discuss those made “vulnerable by the election results, including: undocumented immigrants, people of color, queer and trans people, people with disabilities,” according to organizers.

Writing on Heat Street, Jillian Kay Melchior points out that while on campus students “may be able to avoid critical thinking, debate, or exposure to different political viewpoints altogether,” the Thanksgiving dinner table is another matter.

The College of William & Mary is not alone in doling out advice.

Georgetown University Medical Center published a post-election Thanksgiving “survival guide,” and Case Western Reserve University hosted a pre-Thanksgiving debriefing for students, Campus Reform reports.

Editor’s Note: This article has been amended.

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