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UCM President responds to post-election strife

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The protest began with roughly 25 students and then grew to more than 300 individuals chanting anti-Trump slogans and speaking about unity, civil rights and equality. (AP) The protest began with roughly 25 students and then grew to more than 300 individuals chanting anti-Trump slogans and speaking about unity, civil rights and equality. (AP)
WARRENSBURG, MO (KCTV) -

The president of a local university is reaching out to his community after a stressful, and at times violent, election week.

University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose says the school is ready to offer counseling to students who feel anxious or harassed this week.

Reports from the Muleskinner/digitalBURG.com say at least 300 students gathered in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday outside the Martin Building at the UCM campus in Warrensburg.

They say the protest began with a small group of roughly 25 students congregating around the speaker’s commons, and then grew to more than 300 individuals chanting and cursing anti-Trump slogans and speaking about unity, civil rights and equality. The UCM Department of Public Safety received no reports of injuries related to the protest.

President Ambrose did not specifically mention the presidential election, but sent a message to students via twitter and an email, sharing on-campus resources and writing:

“For millions of people across the country, this week has been an opportunity to contribute to election decisions that will have an impact on the future of our local community, state and nation. This also has led to a re invigoration of campus-based and community activism since Tuesday, with a number of incidences nationwide that have caused fear or led individuals to feel vulnerable.

As a campus community, UCM will continue to work together to make our university, community, state and nation a better place, and we must join in unity to condemn and address acts of intolerance, hatred and bigotry.

Through your engagement and support, UCM will continue to set a positive example of a community of learners who care deeply about each other, while also continuing to encourage and promote a greater degree of commitment to inclusivity. All UCM students, faculty and staff members have an individual and collective role in contributing to such outcomes.

UCM is committed to the safety and welfare of all members of our campus. As we look to the future, we encourage you to let the university know if you have concerns about safety, or issues related to the university’s efforts to maintain a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. We take these matters seriously and will investigate them using the right campus offices and resources.

While steadfast in its support for free expression, UCM also strongly condemns intolerance and urges individuals to reflect upon their own values when confronted with groups or individuals who may seek divisiveness. Let us stand together, connected as a university community, and not be divided by our differences.”

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