Participating in protests or public events is one way for students to share their voice and advocate for change. Here are five tips and resources from Stanford’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs office for students interested in engaging in campus activism.

Familiarize yourself with the university’s policies around free speech on campus.

Learn about support available for students interested in holding or attending events including vigils and marches.

Prioritize the safety and well-being of yourself and others while participating in demonstrations.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and circumstances, consider participating with a friend or in groups, and communicate with others, including your loved ones, about your plans.
  • If you are experiencing harassment, there are on- and off-campus resources to help you feel empowered and heard.

Take steps to protect your privacy and know what resources are available if unwelcome engagement or attention online becomes stressful.

  • If you are concerned about or experiencing online harassment, review personal information listed on public websites, or consider preventatively adjusting your privacy settings in the Stanford Directory.
  • Remember the nature of social media is inherently public so remain mindful of what you share.
  • If you become overwhelmed, take a break from social media and consider limiting your followers to close family and friends. Suspend your accounts, delete or archive old posts, and review privacy settings, especially regarding your physical location.

Take care of yourself and others. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, check in with friends and seek out support.

  • If you’re an undergraduate, your RAs, ethnic theme associates, and resident directors are available to help.
  • If you’re a graduate or professional student, reach out to the Graduate Life Office.

In case you missed it, here are five tips for taking care of yourself and others during difficult times, and check out the Mental Health Resources at Stanford website.