Election Results Spur Protest, Statements, and Bids for Unity

Chancellor Wilcox: We take tremendous pride in our diversity, and we are deeply committed to maintaining a campus of respect

A protest by the bell tower gave people a chance to speak out about election results. Photo by Sandra Martinez

The campus spent a week considering and reacting to election results that made Donald Trump the next U.S. President.

On Tuesday, students led a peaceful protest and march that started around the bell tower and later briefly closed down a Riverside intersection.

Earlier, the School of Public Policy held a panel discussion designed to help people think through impacts on public policy on immigration, LGBT rights and access to healthcare.

“It’s important for academic institutions to be the conscience of our nation,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of Public Policy and Political Science, at Monday’s forum.

He was one of several campus figures to issue statements to urge the community to focus on the fact that UCR’s diversity and principles of community are in place.


Here are a few of the voices from this week:

“…We take tremendous pride in our diversity, and we are deeply committed to a maintaining a campus of respect. We must remain sensitive to the perspectives of others, while providing a safe and welcoming environment that encourages intellectual growth and spirited discussion. In the coming weeks, months, and years, we will reinforce our efforts to defend this safe and welcoming environment against forces that would undermine it.” – UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, in a message to campus

“Stand together or we will fall apart” – a protest sign from the march that included up to 400 people around the bell tower. About 200 people marched to Blaine Street and Iowa Avenue in Riverside.

“…When she grows far past her self-considered purpose, I will sing her back, sing her back. I will sing. Oh I will—I do. America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in.” – a line from a poem “America, I Sing You Back” by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, distinguished professor of creative writing, who was interviewed this week on the PBS Newshour. She, like many professors, did her best to reassure students who were upset and surprised by election results.


Students and others form a circle to protest the election. Photo by Sean Nealon

Students and others form a circle to protest the election.
Photo by Sean Nealon

“It’s empowering to know the tools and resources we can use, such as organizing and being better allies,” — Victoria Ciudad Real, 21, an undergraduate student at the School of Public Policy forum called: What’s Next: The Presidential Election and its Implications for Disadvantaged Communities,” which took place on Monday.

“…the responsibilities of protecting the right to free speech, affirming the ethic of collective protest, and engaging in political dissent become a privileged burden for those holding university faculty positions,” – Dylan Rodriguez, chair of the UCR Academic Senate

“… Diversity is central to our mission. We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance. As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.” The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the University to do so as well.” – UC President Janet Napolitano and all 10 UC Chancellors in a message to all the campuses.

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