Oct 30, 2020 | NEWS | By Anusha Khanal | Photo by Patil Khakhamian

Emma Gorsuch ’21
International Political Economy major

“U.S. foreign policy. We have seen the U.S.’ position abroad called into question. One of the things I have been thinking about is how Trump and Biden would handle our role in the world stage. Overall, I think this is not an election I am excited to be a part of. Neither of them are keeping with my values from a character or policy standpoint. I have a lot of faith that the broader institutions in place will protect the values I care about.”

Skylar Owens ’22

Feminist & Gender Studies major, Dance minor

“It feels nearly impossible to siphon my concerns and anxieties into only one or two [concerns] regarding the upcoming election. However, I think the issue sitting most prevalently on my mind at this time is homelessness (especially as I live in Minnesota and it’s getting cold) and state-sanctioned racialized violence. Overseeing these, as well as many other issues on my mind, is the key problem of capitalism.”

Ben Lukasiewicz ’22

Political Science major

“Tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of lives are at stake in this election. This pandemic is out of control, and who we pick as our next president will determine the fate of so many vulnerable people in this country. Though I no longer have living grandparents, my fear for their lives would be immense due to the current administration’s handling of the crisis. Millions of children and grandchildren now know the heartbreaking pain of losing a loved one. And for many of them, it did not have to be this way. Few other countries in the world have been brutalized by COVID like the United States. It is no accident. Those in the highest halls of power have given up fighting this pandemic. Now, it is time for us to give up on them and vote them out. Vote for sanity and clarity, and for a path forward with fewer Americans dead from COVID. Vote like your life depends on it, because for so many, just in the immediate future, it does.”

Anthony Emerson ’23

Mathematics major

“It is pretty much the last chance to enact anything related to deferring climate change, although likely nothing will come. Everything else has been either lost or screwed up, so this election determines when we begin to clean up the mess.”


“At stake is our pluralistic, democratic, liberal world order. I am not saying that liberalism and democracy are necessarily the answer to everything. But, I think Trump’s Keep America Great Again, isolationist and protectionist narratives have fostered and helped China and other international actors continue to increase their international presence through the Belt and Road Initiative and what’s happening in the South China Sea. At stake is a world order.”

John Capers ’21

Political Science major

“A sense of security and a sense of a proper democratic process. I feel like this election can determine how people want to move on with the electoral process and our democratic process and I hope that after the elections, people can better understand their role in our democracy and also how their voices do matter in the ways that we must engage with the democratic process in order to improve the democratic process itself.”

Kelly Yue ’21

Sociology major

“As a sociology major, I have come to realize that elections in this country have a huge impact on social policies, inequalities, and social movements. We have seen that over the past decade or so, the Republican party has shifted more to the far right whereas the Dems have remained rather central-left. If Donald Trump wins this election, inequality would get worse; the working class are going to suffer, as well as racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and women. I am concerned how this election would lead to a shift in policies in this country. I am worried because I can’t vote in this country. The only thing I can do is observe and be patient and see how everything will turn out.”

Patil Khakhamian ’22

Anthropology major

“What’s at stake for me as are two major topics, the first being environmental. Trump already withdrew from the Paris agreement and doesn’t show any sympathy for the environmental crisis. At this point, we really need to start putting words into actions and stop worrying only about economics but also take care of our own future, humanity’s future. Unfortunately, marginalized countries will see that first instead of privileged countries like the United States . I don’t know how much Biden is also going to help but he seems to put that as a focus in his campaign. I’m from Armenia and in the recent war between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, Trump hasn’t done anything to help Armenia but has not stopped the funds going to Azerbaijan. The U.S. is an important country with a lot of power. I haven’t heard Biden talk at all about this but I am hoping that someone other than Trump might actually do something about this.”

Nate Hochman ’21

Political Science major

“I have serious issues with both sides. We are at a bitterly polarized moment in our country. However, I don’t think this is the end of democracy, whoever wins. One of the issues I care about is abortion. I’m pro-life. The Biden-Harris administration is running on the most radically pro-abortion rights presidency in the U.S. history. The first presidential candidate nominees from a major party in U.S. history to run on taxpayer funded abortion. It is out of step with what Americans think, and I am concerned about that.”

Mary Duggan ’23

Feminist & Gender Studies major

“I personally believe that a lot of social issues are interconnected, but if I had to state what I am most concerned about within the upcoming election it would be reproductive rights. Many states have taken action to undermine abortion rights statewide, which disproportionately effects women of color and lower income folks in our country. With abortion on the ballot in Colorado and Louisiana this year, the 17 anti-abortion cases that are a step away from the Supreme Court, and the Court’s new hostile views on reproductive freedom, it is clear that abortions will not remain safe and legal. Abortion access is a time-sensitive healthcare issue that should be decided by the individual and not the state. With limited access, abortions will not cease to happen but will just become unsafe and dangerous.”

Tarin Karimbux ’21

Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Major

“Honestly, just hope is at stake, which seems like something that has already gone out the door for a lot of people. I want Biden to win — I voted for him as soon as I could in Massachusetts, but it’s two old senile white guys we’re talking about. Not really the best options. Lately, I’ve been making my own hope. Our current moment is obviously tearing us apart. Nobody could bear this feeling alone. By us I mean in this country, but it’s also tearing this country away from the world. Trump’s character reflects the character of the country, and has opened a door for fascism, bigotry and hatred for too many people. It saddens me deeply and I think that if we can’t fix ourselves we can’t fix the country. Find help if it’s too much to bear. Sometimes we need to see ourselves in others. Sometimes we cannot and need to respect difference and share stories.”

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