Post-Election Message From the Chair to the Psychology Community

November 14, 2016

Post-Election Message from the Chair to the Psychology Community

In the wake of an exceptionally divisive election period, many of us, though our personal politics may differ, are upset and uncertain about the future. We want to convey two messages of reassurance: First, we are proud of our values as a department and will hold to them, and second, there is support available to anyone who needs or wants it during this difficult period.  

As psychologists/scientists/educators, we hold to a number of core values that have never seemed more important:

  • We value diversity in people and perspectives. We remain committed to embracing students, staff, and faculty of different races, nationalities, genders, religions, sexual identities, disabilities, ages, socioeconomic circumstances, immigration statuses, and political ideologies, regarding all as important members of our community who contribute to and share in our collective voice.
  • We value truth. As scientists, we seek knowledge through research, believing that professional practice and public policy will be stronger if they are guided by fact. The faculty remains committed in particular to pursing psychological research and practice aimed at promoting health and well-being and reducing health disparities.
  • We value character. We stand for academic integrity, ethical practice, and respectful treatment of others.
  • We value education. We believe that a good education fosters sound values and sharp critical thinking skills and hope that you, our students, appreciate that it is more important than ever to become educated, informed, discerning, and engaged members of your communities, country, and world.


My second message concerns the availability of support for anyone who may be feeling stressed, anxious, fearful, angry, or overwhelmed right now--for whatever reasons.  Below are some resources compiled by an undergraduate student in our department that may be useful for anyone who would like additional support at this time. Please share it with anyone else you believe may be having a hard time. Please care for yourself and the people around you--and don’t be afraid to reach out if you need support. 

If someone you know at GW is in crisis, submit a CARE request!

 If you need a safe space, the MSSC has opened its doors as a place of acceptance and safety

Multicultural Student Services Center

2127 G St NW

Washington, DC 20052

GWU Mental Health Services

Marvin Center Ground Floor (same place as student health services)

800 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052


 24/7 National Suicide Hotline

Phone hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Text chat:

LGBTQ National Help Center Hotline


 Trevor Project Youth LGBTQ Hotline


 Eating Disorders Hotline


 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline


 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline


Text chat:

If you need someone to vent or talk to and none of these other resources apply to you, the 24/7 Samaritan hotline is a crisis hotline that accepts calls for any and all concerns:

Samaritan Hotline



                                                                  Carol Sigelman, Ph.D.

                                                                  Professor and Chair

                                                                  Department of Psychology

                                                                  George Washington University