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Support Services for Students:

The election is a time to continue to put Community First, which means we are a community of respect. The following offices on campus are offering support to students during the Election:

  • The Department of Public Safety is available 24/7 for emergencies and non-emergencies. Additionally, the Nova Safe app can be used to submit tips and request a security escort if needed.
  • Campus Ministry will be offering a space of mindfulness and attentive listening for any students on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the Grotto and on Friday, Nov. 6 from 1-3 p.m. on Zoom.  The Thursday time will be in person and students are welcome to just show up as needed.  For the Friday virtual session, please email in order to receive the Zoom invitation.

Presidential Election Events: Upcoming.

“How Do We Pursue Justice Post-Election 2020?”: 11/17
Hosted by the Center for Peace and Justice Education, this virtual panel will include opening remarks from three CPJE faculty members: Carol Anthony, Tim Horner, and Kathryn Getek Soltis.  Open discussion to follow.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Email to receive the Zoom link.

University Archives: VOTE! Class of 1959 Villanova Student Elections
With only days away from the presidential election, the University Archives is highlighting a snapshot of what student elections on campus looked like in the 1950s. The online exhibit, VOTE! Class of 1959 Villanova Student Elections, is a display of ephemera from the Spring 1957 student council elections. On display are posters, photographs, campaign cards, and platform letters.


Presidential Election Events: Past

Your Voice. Your Story—Listening Circles: 11/3, 11/4 & 11/6
Join a Listening Circle to process your pre- and post-election thoughts and feelings. Listening Circles have been happening in indigenous communities all over the world since the dawn of time. The purpose of listening circles is to provide an opportunity to listen, share your story and connect with others around a set of common questions. It is not a debate or discussion. Reserve your spot for an upcoming listening circle by clicking the link above.


In preparation for election day, here is a list of gathering spaces across campus for community support. These spaces are mostly offered as an outlet to talk, note debate, and process feelings related to the election.

11/5: 10-11 a.m.
McNulty Institute (Virtual)

11/5: 2-4 p.m.
Mission & Ministry (Grotto)

11/6: 1-3 p.m.
Mission & Ministry (Virtual)

11/6: Noon-1 p.m.
Peace and Justice (Virtual)

Black Perspectives on the Election: 11/12

Join us for a presentation, “Black Perspectives on the Election”, on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Panelists include Pamela Lightsey, Vice President-Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary; Margaret Kimberley, author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents; and Jacqueline Rivers, lecturer in African American Students at Harvard University. Moderated by Prof. Camille Burge of the Department of Political Science, Villanova University.

GWS Community ConversationPost-Election: 11/5

This is a shared conversation to connect with others in the Villanova community. Open to all students, staff and faculty. Join us to discuss the recent election, voice your thoughts, be with others and build community. Nov. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Listening Circles for Students from Underrepresented Identities: 11/4 & 11/5
On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 5 at p.m., CASA, OIA and SGA’s Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invite students from underrepresented identities to process your post-election thoughts and feelings with facilitators from underrepresented identities. Listen, share stores and connect around a set of common questions. Format will not be a debate or discussion. Register by Nov. 3.

GWS Documentary Night: The Vote, Part II: 11/2

On Nov. 2 from 6-8:30 p.m., join Dr. Melissa Hodges and the Gender and Women's Studies program for a zoom presentation of PBS Documentary The Vote: American Experience. After the screening, there will be a facilitated conversation.

Staying Woke! Voting Edition: 10/28

Why vote? Does my vote even count? How do I stay informed on who is running for what? On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., join us for a Zoom presentation presented by the Black Student Union x Black Pre-Law Student Association.

2020 US Presidential Election Series: Panel on 'The Meaning of the Election in a Pandemic Year": 10/27

Please join us for a series of virtual events in honor of the upcoming 2020 United States Presidential Election. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:30–1 p.m., Billie Murray, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, will talk on current social justice movements as they relate to the upcoming election. Danielle N. Gadson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, will present on community health as it relates to the election during this unsettling pandemic. Tim Horner, D. Phil., Teaching Professor, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, will give us a global perspective of the upcoming election. This ACS-approved event series is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Communication, the Department of Public Administration, and Let’s Vote Nova. All events and are free and open to the public.

Nine Days and Counting—NYT Political Correspondent on the Election: 10/26

Join us on Monday, Oct. 26, from 7–8 p.m. for a moderated discussion with Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent for The New York Times, about the presidential election from his vantage point as a journalist who covers the campaign every day. The discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Grella ’96 CLAS, founding partner, Protean Public Affairs and member, Villanova Public Policy Advisory Council.

Let the Students Be Heard—Facilitating Conversations After the Election: 10/23

The year 2020 has brought challenges none of us have faced before. Specifically, the 2020 presidential election has created tension, anticipation, hope and dismay for students and faculty. On Friday, Oct. 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m., we will address strategies for facilitating difficult conversations that may arise with students in class before and after the election. Drs. Qi Wang, associate professor, Communication, Villanova University, and Deborah A. Cai, professor, senior associate dean, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, will facilitate the session. Bring your questions for Q&A and discussion.

Encyclical & The Election - Pope Francis and November 3: 10/23

Francis’ encyclical On Fraternity and Social Friendship is the pope’s effort to present a “new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words.” Join us on Friday, Oct. 23, 3–4 p.m., via Zoom for a discussion of Fratelli tutti and its relevance for the upcoming vote in the United States. Panelists: Timothy Brunk, associate professor of Theology; Mark Graham, associate professor of Theological Ethics; Anna Moreland, director of the Honors Program and associate professor of Theology. Moderator: Brett Wilmot, associate director of the Ethics Program.

Ballot to Oval Office? Lessons Learned From Past Elections: 10/21

Presented by Dean Mark Alexander, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5-6 p.m. As the machinery of elections operates in local, state and national races, sometimes things go wrong. The most prominent example is the 2000 presidential election, culminating in Bush v. Gore (2000). There are many cases dealing with remedial possibilities for defective elections, which shed light on the subject, which helps form a framework for analysis. The session will consider how these principles and precedents could apply in our 2020 presidential election, in unprecedented times and circumstances. CLE credit is available.

"The Battle for the Supreme Court": 10/21

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m., the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy is co-sponsoring a webinar with the Union League Legacy Foundation on the past, present and future of the Supreme Court. Michael Moreland (Villanova University) and Michael Gerhardt (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) will discuss the history of the Supreme Court, President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and what the Supreme Court might look like in the years to come.

CPJE Oscar Romero Solidarity Lecture—"Does Voting Even Matter?": 10/20

Speaker Carolyn DeWitt is a national advocate for young people, a powerhouse for mobilizing youth to understand and use their political power. She is president and executive director of Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power. Join us online on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. to hear Carolyn DeWitt's lecture, "Does Voting Even Matter?" There will be time afterward for questions and discussion.

2020 U.S. Presidential Election Series Virtual Events: Begins 10/8

Join us for a virtual event series for the 2020 United States presidential election. All events are ACS approved and open to the public. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1–2 p.m., Camille Burge, PhD, will discuss “Race and the Election.” On Thursday, Oct. 22, 1–2 p.m., Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, will discuss “The State of the Contest, Election Day, and What Happens Next.” The series will conclude on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a panel on “The Meaning of the Election in a Pandemic Year” with Billie Murray, PhD, Danielle N. Gadson, PhD, and Tim Horner, D. Phil.

Campus Lecture—“The Constitution in 2020”: 9/18

Join the Ryan Center as we celebrate Constitution Day with an in-person lecture at 3 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 18, in the Driscoll Tent. Professor Michael Moreland of the Widger Law School will present “The Constitution in 2020,” addressing current concerns surrounding First Amendment issues, presidential power and federalism. There will be time for Q&A. Any Villanova community member approved to be on campus is welcome to attend. COVID distancing and safety measures must be observed. Planned in coordination with Villanova’s “Let’s Vote Nova” initiative.