Students protest Trump

Students gathered in front of the Connecticut College student center today in a peaceful demonstration against President-Elect Donald Trump, his policy proposals and the rhetoric he used in his campaign.

About 25 students stood in a semicircle near the entrance of the building holding signs that read “Make America Gay Again” and “We Reject the President-Elect.”

Throughout the demonstration, students chanted, “This is what democracy looks like,” and “Love, not hate, makes America great.” At times, faculty and staff joined student protesters.

Molly Rosen ’17, who helped organize the demonstration, said she hopes the students’ efforts will help spark meaningful conversation.

“We are showing people that we are not going to be silent,” she said. “It’s important to keep fighting and to encourage people to have conversations with us. The way to gain perspective is to talk about [the election and what it means to different groups].”

The protest came on the heels of a candlelight vigil held last night, and attended by approximately 100 students, plus faculty and staff.

Heidi Muñoz ’17, who attended the vigil, said, “It's amazing to be part of a community where people can come together, support one another, and lift one another's spirits in moments of frustration and hopelessness.”

Last week, the College hosted several events for students, faculty and staff to discuss the implications of the 2016 Presidential Election. The post-election gatherings were some of the more than two-dozen election-related events organized this fall to help students engage with the political process. 

“Our goal as a campus community is to provide ongoing support in big and small ways to those who feel uncertain or concerned about the days ahead," said John McKnight, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion.

November 14, 2016