On the eve of the 2020 presidential election, I want to take a moment to acknowledge where we are in time. If you’re able, please take three minutes to take in this video message I have prepared for you.
This year has been extraordinary, and Election 2020 has definitely stayed on brand with what has proven to be a remarkable and extraordinary election season, to go along with such an unprecedented year.
Watching the news and seeing posts on social media, it feels like this election season has been stressful to most people.
I think it is safe to say our nation is politically divided and the tension building around tomorrow’s election is bound to affect every one of us.
As members of the Forsyth Tech community, I ask in this moment, we all be mindful of our school’s core values of excellence, learning, innovation, diversity, and integrity.
No matter the outcome of the election – which its possible we may not even know on November 3 – some will be pleased, and some will be disappointed. Emotions are likely to be running high on all sides.
No matter which side wins, I hope we will all demonstrate compassion for those who believed differently yet were equally passionate about their beliefs.
I am reminded of the words of Winston Churchill who said, “Democracy is not the best system, but I do not know of a better one.”
We may not agree with one another, but we owe it to our college community to uphold our values and model good behavior – and to treat every member of this community with the respect and civility we all deserve.
Let me also remind you that in times of great stress, we all need to know how to care for ourselves. At Forsyth Tech, we have resources available to our students to help you deal with the many challenges this year has brought to the forefront. Please see additional information below about those resources for students below.
Take care, stay safe, and be well.
Dr. Janet Spriggs
Student Assistance Program
The North Carolina Community College System is providing a valuable benefit to all students and their immediate family members known as the Student Assistance Program (SAP). Through a partnership with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of SAP services, there is no enrollment required students are eligible to use the SAP now through June 30, 2021.
The SAP offers help for personal, professional or school concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. Additionally, they provide student-life resources for such issues as legal and financial consultation, online learning and resources.
The SAP has a network of counselors that are conveniently located. They can help you improve or resolve personal difficulties whether big or small, personal, or school-related.
Some examples of concerns that the SAP addresses include:
- Family conflict
- Goal setting
- Relationship issues
- Legal and financial issues
- Grief and loss
- Alcohol or drug use
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
- School-related issues
Confidentiality is one of the most important features of the SAP. No one will know that you have used this resource unless you offer that information or unless someone’s safety is threatened.
There is no cost to you for your phone calls or virtual, telephonic or face-to-face visits. All expenses are covered for this program.
To access these services, simply call 704-529-1428 or 800-633-3353. Or go online to My Group > My Portal Login > Work-Life > Username: forsythtechsap and password is guest.
Appointments are available during both daytime and evening hours.
Please take advantage of this wonderful benefit. The staff at McLaughlin Young is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to assist you. Remember, the SAP is always a good place to begin.