About 200 students gathered at Nassau Hall Nov. 9 to protest the election of Donald Trump, chanting “Love trumps hate” and “Trump has got to go” and listening to speakers voice concern about his views on women, minorities, and immigrants. The group then marched through campus in the rain and gathered under an archway outside Dillon Gym. “There’s a general feeling of sadness,” said Joshua Faires ’19, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Colombia. “I’ve never seen so many sorrowful faces on campus.” One student held a sign that read: “Brown and Proud.” Another held a sign that read: “Princeton Against Trump.” One sign had a single word: “Why?”
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As the protest was taking place, about 40 students, faculty, and others met in Murray-Dodge Hall to seek out community in a time of divisiveness and to “stand with those who are most vulnerable, oppressed, targeted, and rejected.” The Fields Center, Women’s Center, LGBT Center, and Davis International Center also scheduled times for students, faculty, and staff to meet as a University community in the days following the election.
President Eisgruber ’83 issued a statement Nov. 11 responding to the election, calling on the Princeton community to sustain “a culture of open discussion where all voices are heard and respected.” He said departments and offices across the University were planning “opportunities for both scholarly and more personal conversations” in the wake of the election.