Plan to Vote
The countdown is on — we are 13 days out from Election Day! Now is the time to make your voting plan.
Want to vote early? Visit the Cook County Clerk’s Office website to find locations in Cook County. Mailing your ballot? Make sure you get it postmarked by November 3. Planning to vote in person? Make sure you know your assigned polling place and have a plan in the event of long lines.
Still need to register? You can still register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on Election Day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority. Get information on polling places and see what’s on your ballot using recently posted tools at allintovote.org.
Be on the lookout for our social media contests. Employees and students, show us you’ve registered or voted by posting a photo or video using the hashtag #RUAllIn and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to the RU bookstore. (The gift card can be used for online bookstore purchases too.) One more special challenge for students will be announced soon.
Finally, save the date for November 2 when we will come together as a community to build excitement for Election Day and discuss important social justice topics. More details will be shared soon. Make your voice heard on November 3.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Tip of the Week
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This week’s featured topic is all about passwords. Most security breaches worldwide are a result of stolen or weak passwords. Here are some simple tips to help greatly reduce the odds of your accounts getting compromised due to weak passwords.
- Length is a critical component of strong passwords. Longer passwords are statistically less likely to be cracked. We recommend a minimum password length of 12 characters. You can use the site https://howsecureismypassword.net to check how long it will take a computer to crack your password.
- Do not reuse passwords. Your University password should be different from all others. Yes, everyone today has a lot of online accounts, so managing different credentials for so many accounts can be challenging. To make this easy, we recommend using a password manager, which securely stores all of your passwords.
- Never share your password with anyone. No legitimate organization will ask you for your password or other sensitive information via email. Disregard any such messages, no matter how legitimate they look.
The U.S. Election in a Global Context: Trump, COVID-19, The Democrats and Our History
Friday, October 23 I 11 a.m.
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Presenters: Ian Dunt, London-based journalist; David Faris, Roosevelt associate professor of political science; Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum; Toby Buckle, Host of the Political Philosophy Podcast
During this live virtual discussion, political experts from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany will offer a global perspective on the 2020 election. Panelists will explore what we can learn from other countries about opposition parties, stolen elections and responses to the pandemic.
From the Lion’s Mouth: Five Steps Immigrant Professionals Can Take to Move UP Their Career
Wednesday, October 28 I 1 p.m.
Presenter: Joana Ardelean (BS, Business ’10 & MS, Human Resource Management ’19), Senior Human Resource Manager, MSHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP, and CC
The critical ingredients that turn ambitious first-generation American professionals into incredible leaders during a pandemic economy — straight from the lion’s (Human Resources’) mouth. Five proven strategies to position yourself as an invaluable leader in the market — from the mindset to the steps it takes to catapult your career to new heights, whether it be leading teams, functions or organizations.
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