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AT&T donated $450,000 to GW to establish a politics and policy center dedicated to indigenous learning, according to Indian Country Today Media Network.

The AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy will be the University’s first center dedicated to indigenous learning, the release said. The gift was made in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

AT&T also sponsors the Native American Political Leadership Program, a full scholarship pre-college program open to Native American high school students.

Ali Eskandarian, the dean of the College of Professional Studies, said in the release that the establishment of the center displays the University’s commitment to diversity.

“We’re excited to establish a unique center in Washington, D.C. to study Native American politics and policy, and we are grateful for AT&T’s support,” Eskandarian said. “This is an important opportunity for the university in its continued commitment to diversity.”

The gift is part of AT&T’s more than $1 million donation to furthering education for Native American students. The company also donated $600,000 to the American Indian College Fund.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, the president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said in a release that the support from AT&T will help more students access high school diplomas and post-secondary education.

“American Indians face many unique challenges to getting an education,” she said. “And Native youth experience some of the lowest high school graduation rates nationwide.”

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Members of the D.C. Council supported a bill that would provide overtime pay during snow emergencies. Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photographer

Members of the D.C. Council supported a bill that would provide overtime pay during snow emergencies. Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photographer

Updated: Nov. 18, 2016 at 10:40 a.m.

This post was written by reporter Chase Smith.

In an effort to provide better walkability during snow emergencies like January 2016’s “snowzilla,” D.C. Council members met at the John A. Wilson building to hear testimony for proposed amendments to current snow and ice removal legislation.

The District spent $55.3 million in response to the January blizzard, or eight years worth of snow removal budgets in response to the emergency. This new legislation would authorize Mayor Muriel Bowser to enter into an agreement with the Business Improvement Districts and Main Streets programs for snow and ice removal from sidewalks, curb cuts and crosswalks in their district or program area during a snow emergency.

Ward 6 Council Member Charles Allen, who proposed the amendment, said representatives from BIDs and Main Streets programs worked to clear snow and ice for the businesses and residents in their areas voluntarily. The D.C. organizations help improve conditions for people working in D.C. businesses and using District streets.

However, the BIDs and Main Street programs were not compensated for extra hours of snow and ice removal and instead millions were paid to contractors with little to none of it going to sidewalk shoveling.

Allen said he would like to see this conversation about pedestrian accessibility to be moved along because he has seen many people walking and not driving in the first few days of a snow emergency.

“I would love to be able to say out of that 55 million, five percent went to making sure we had clear pedestrian paths,” Allen said. “I would wager not even five percent, I would be surprised if even one percent, went to that pedestrian experience for clean and safe sidewalks.”

Representatives from the Main Streets programs in D.C. and BIDs testified in approval of the proposed amendment at the hearing.

Charlie Whitaker, the CEO of Career Path D.C., said the new amendment would allow his team to purchase more ice melt in snow emergencies, because last year’s blizzard saw them exhaust their whole years supply of ice melt in two hours.

“I love to see kids go to school on time every day,” Whitaker said. “If we could remove snow at a faster rate and more efficiently, we can keep our government open, our kids can get to school on time and we won’t have to worry so much about our seniors slipping and falling.”

Kyle Todd, Executive Director of Rhode Island Ave. Main Streets program, said his team rose to the occasion and removed “tons” of snow during the blizzard in January.

“However, when it came time to pay them overtime, well, that’s why we’re here today,” he said.

He added they could have removed the snow very quickly with the appropriate equipment and that it should be purchased in advance so his team can have proper training before the next big winter storm hits.

Natalie Avery, the executive director of the D.C. BID Council, said the current situation of D.C. prioritizing road clearing instead of sidewalk clearing should be changed.

Avery expressed frustration with street plows that push snow back onto already cleared sidewalks, which “erases hours of work.”

Ana Harvey, the director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development, testified in support of the proposed legislation on behalf of Bowser.

Harvey said the January snowstorm taught the city that they need to be ready for unexpected snow emergencies while also thoughtful of budgetary considerations.

“This bill explores a potential solution by allowing the Mayor to enter into agreements with BIDs or Main Street programs for snow and ice removal and improving efficiency by utilizing existing government resources,” she said.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported the Ward 6 Council member as John Allen. His name is Charles Allen. We regret this error.

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Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Florence Harmon, center, said the light from an illuminated Hilton Garden Inn sign shines into neighbors' homes. Max Wang | Hatchet Photographer

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Florence Harmon, center, said the light from an illuminated Hilton Garden Inn sign shines into neighbors’ homes. Max Wang | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by reporter Marisa Sinatra.

Members of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission unanimously voted to oppose a modification that would allow the Hilton Garden Inn in Georgetown to have an illuminated sign on their property.

Community members said they have been arguing against the sign at the hotel since 2008 when the hostel was first established at the corner of 22nd and M streets. Commissioner Florence Harmon said residents opposed the sign during the original hearing for the sign because they did not want to have a bright light shining into their homes.

Harmon referenced a zoning commission order from Nov. 28, 2008, where it agrees with the ANC that the sign cannot be illuminated in order to respect the residents in the community.

At the monthly meeting Wednesday night, Harmon argued on behalf of the residents of the neighborhood, emphasizing that the light from the hotel sign was intruding on their homes and that the decisions made by Hilton Garden and its team were damaging to the community.

In front of representatives from the hotel and the hotel’s layers, the firm of Holland and Knight, Harmon said the legal tactics made by the Holland and Knight team were “very questionable” in getting the zoning commission to agree to the sign.

Harmon said the hotel’s counsel went behind the ANC to the zoning administrator and got an order saying that a sign on the exhibit from the zoning commission allowed them to install the sign anyway.

“The sign was illegally installed,” Harmon said. “It was installed in violation of the express terms of the zoning commission.”

Harmon added that the Holland and Knight’s actions would not facilitate trust and community engagement for the business.

“It is really important for any business owner in this community to build goodwill and build good trust,” she said. “Some of the tactics that have been done by Holland and Knight are not the kid of tactics that would build goodwill and build good trust with the community, because a lot of your business will be community-based.”

Jessica Bloomfield, a representative from Holland and Knight, said the sign in question is located at the top of the hotel’s facade facing east. It is horizontally mounted, backlit, shows the name and logo of the hotel, and is about 3.5 by 12 feet in size, she said.

Bloomfield said she believes the sign is smaller and less intrusive than other signs in the neighborhood and that it is consistent with designs approved by D.C.’s zoning commission.

“Having that sign is essential to the success of the hotel,” Bloomfield argued. “It was designed specifically for that building.”

Shaun Burchard, who was at the meeting representing the hotel, said he did not have much to do with the sign because he just came into ownership of the hotel this year, when the sign was already in place.

“We’ve partnered with Hilton and obviously, the identity package that goes with being a branded hotel is significant to our customers to feel comfortable with what they are buying,” he said.

A resident from the community, Sarah Maddux, said she was at the meeting in which the signage was initially discussed.

“I would like for you to know that I was in the room with the architects when it was designed and discussed,” she said, “From the very first day, we were emphatic about not having that sign there.”

She also argued that the hotel did not accommodate the residents in other ways in which they requested. She said the neighbors requested to use one of the meeting rooms in the hotel for free, a chance they did not get.

“If you want to be a part of this neighborhood, take that sign down,” she added.

Patrick Kennedy, the chair of the ANC, said the community put a lot of time and money to enforce not having an illuminated sign in that Georgetown hotel.

“I have never had an ordeal like this for any other project that has come across our desk, and that’s where my frustration comes from, a lot of it,” he said.

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A student started a crowdfunding campaign to support the three people injured in the Falafel Bus fire Wednesday. Hatchet file photo by Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

A student started a crowdfunding campaign to support the three people injured in the Falafel Bus fire Wednesday. Hatchet file photo by Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

This post was written by reporter Cort Carlson.

A student-created crowdfunding campaign for those injured in the H Street food truck fire Wednesday afternoon has topped $5,000.

The crowdfunding campaign had originally set its goal at $5,000, but surpassed that goal six hours in. The campaign reached $5,035 and was shared nearly 900 times on Facebook as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nearly 400 people have contributed to the campaign.

A GW student created the fundraising page, but did not return a request for comment.

The online funding page indicates that donations will go to the three people injured in the fire. A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman said earlier Wednesday that at least one person was critically injured in the fire.

“This man’s food truck blew up, and GW students are raising money for this man,” the page reads. “He is part of our great community, and I believe it is right for us to help this man.”

Although the page mentions the injuries, it is unclear if the donations are intended to help pay for medical care or for repairs to the food truck.

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At least three people were injured after the Falafel Bus food truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

At least three people were injured after the Falafel Bus food truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

Updated: Nov. 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Three people were transported to local hospitals after the Falafel Bus food truck went up in flames on H Street Wednesday afternoon.

At least one of the people were critically injured from the fire, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan said. He could not say which hospitals the people were taken to, but added that it’s safe to say that at least one of them was taken to GW Hospital.

D.C. Fire received the call for the fire at 1:59 p.m. and reached the scene at 2:03 p.m., Buchanan said.

“The fire is mostly contained,” he said at around 2:15 p.m. “It will be up to fire investigator in the next couple hours or days to determine the cause of the fire.”

D.C. Fire determined Thursday afternoon that the fire was caused by improper fueling of the generator on-site.

Police closed off H Street to vehicular traffic because of the fire, according to a D.C. alert. University spokeswoman Candace Smith said that buildings near the fire weren’t evacuated, but students were encouraged to use exits that were not near the fire.

Avery Anapol contributed reporting.

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At 3 p.m. Tuesday, students gathered in Kogan Plaza before marching to the White House and later Rice Hall in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.


Nearly 400 members of The George Washington University community descended into Kogan Plaza on Tuesday at 3:00 PM to protest the President-Elect of the United States, Donald Trump, and many policy items that the Trump campaign discussed during the election. Alyssa Bogosian | Hatchet Staff Photographer

About 400 students, faculty and staff members descended on Kogan Plaza Tuesday afternoon to protest President-elect Trump.  Alyssa Bogosian | Hatchet Staff Photographer


Many people took to Facebook Live and other live-streaming apps to boost the reach of the protest and to recruit more people to attend. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

Some supporters used Facebook Live and other live-streaming apps to boost the protest’s reach and to recruit more people to attend. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer


Senior Becky Gardner took to the megaphone and used her own personal experiences to denounce the past words and actions of Donald Trump. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

Senior Becky Gardner addressed the crowd with a megaphone to share her personal experiences and to denounce Trump’s actions and stances. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor


Freshman Kevin Hitchings was one of a few Trump supporters in attendance as a show of solidarity to the President-Elect. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

Freshman Kevin Hitchings was one of a few Trump supporters to attend the gathering in Kogan Plaza. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor


Many supporters, including Emelio Jimenez pictured here, led the group in chants including, "tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like." Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer

Emelio Jimenez led the group in chants as the protestors moved down I Street. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer


Supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

Protestors marched down Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer


Keiko Tsuboi, ESIA-U, a leader of the protest, uses a microphone to align the supporters in front of the White House. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer

Keiko Tsuboi, a leader of the protest and a Student Association senator, addressed supporters once they reached the White House. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer


Supporters gathered outside the White House's gates and listen to various student speakers. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

Protestors gathered outside the White House’s gates and listened as various students spoke about their fears for a Trump presidency. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer


The supporters ended their protest by congregating around Rice Hall, home to The George Washington University administration, and presenting their demands. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

Supporters ended the protest congregating around Rice Hall, where GW administrators work, to present officials with a list of demands to support marginalized students. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer


In the windows of Rice Hall, university employees gathered and drew a sign of support for the protest below. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer

In the windows of Rice Hall, University employees gathered to support for the protest below. Keegan Mullen | Hatchet Photographer

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Roughly 400 students gather in Kogan Plaza before marching to the White House Tuesday. Alyssa Bogosian | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Roughly 400 students gather in Kogan Plaza before marching to the White House Tuesday. Alyssa Bogosian | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Updated: Nov. 15, 2016 at 9:11 p.m.

This post was written by reporters Meredith Roaten and Avery Anapol.

Roughly 400 students walked out of class at 3 p.m. Tuesday, joining a march to the White House in protest of President-elect Donald Trump and later presenting several demands to University administrators to support marginalized students on campus.

The protest was part of a nationwide walkout movement organized and spread on Facebook. GW was one of more than 35 universities who signed on to the event, according to a Google Doc outlining instructions for participating universities. D.C. high school students also organized a walkout today, leaving their schools around noon to protest at Trump International Hotel, The Washington Post reported.

At least 10 student organizations participated to organize the event, including Our Revolution GW, the Feminist Student Union, Black Women’s Forum, GW Native American Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine and Fossil Free GW.

Representatives from the involved organizations worked together on a list of demands that protest leaders delivered to administrators at Rice Hall upon returning to campus from their march to the White House.

Logan Malik, a member of Fossil Free GW, chairperson of the Student Association’s student life committee and one of the walkout’s lead organizers, said the demands – which ranged from requesting protection for minority students to divestment from fossil fuels – were similar to those put out by the national movement, but modified to be more GW-specific.

The demands are suggestions for university administrators in the effort to create a “sanctuary campus,” or a campus that is deemed safe for students of color, immigrants, undocumented students and members of other marginalized groups. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also released a statement Monday reasserting D.C.’s status as a sanctuary city.

The list of about 15 demands includes increased funding for the Multicultural Student Services Center, commitment to protecting the privacy of undocumented students, workers and their families, increasing resources and financial aid for low-income students and students of color, increased acceptance of Palestinian students, divestment from “unethical” corporations and condemnation of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic activity on campus, among others.

“This is more the America and the GW that we have in mind, and that we think is acceptable for the students on our campus,” Malik said. “This is a general coming together of people who reject bigotry on campus and off, who reject racism on campus and off, who reject climate change denial on campus and off, there’s an unlimited list.”

While the protesters waited in Kogan Plaza for more students and faculty to join and the walk to the White House to start, various students used a megaphone to lead chants, share experiences and energize the crowd.

Infither Chowdhury, a member of the Muslim Students Association and one of the event organizers, said that the group that helped coordinate the movement knew non-violent protest was the best way to make a statement.

“We continue with the national movement in trying to make sure that our students on campus from marginalized communities know that are people here on campus that are working with them and for them,” he said.

Miles Awofala, a sophomore, said that he, like many students, heard about the protest from Facebook and friends who were organizing the event. He said he attended because he wanted Trump to know that America is going to “hold him accountable.”

“I’m not safe on this campus. I’m not safe in this world,” Awofala said. “I feel that it is my duty as a black man in America to stand up for my rights and stand up and show that I am here and I will be respected and my people will be respected.”

Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said that administrators, faculty and staff became aware of the plans for the walkout on Monday night.

“I think a lot of email Listservs were talking about it,” Konwerski said. “Obviously we want this to be a place where students can express their opinions, and also for other students to come out and be supportive.”

The students and faculty participating in the march left Kogan Plaza around 3:45 p.m., with Metropolitan and University police department escorts.

The group marched down Pennsylvania Avenue chanting, “Ain’t no power like the power of the students, ‘cause the power of the students don’t stop!” and “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like.” They arrived at the White House around 4:15 p.m., where at least five students took turns at the megaphone.

Brian Barlow, the president of the GW Native Students Association, spoke about the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline and led the group in the Lakota chant, “Mni wiconi, water is life.”

Elizabeth Ogunsanya, a first-year medical student, shared her experience as a black woman in the medical school, saying that although her class has 140 students, she can count the number of black students “on both hands.” She said that although students of color work just as hard as white students, they do not get the same amount of credit.

Ogunsanya said that as a medical student, she fears that a Trump presidency would result in more women coming into the hospital with injuries caused by illegal abortions.

“I haven’t slept in a week because my heart is full of anxiety, my heart is full of despair,” Ogunsanya said.

The students walked from the White House to around Washington Circle and ended at Rice Hall. Along the way, the protesters chanted “black lives matter” and carried signs, and were greeted by passersby filming and honking cars.

UPD officers guarded the entrance of Rice Hall as the students arrived, but allowed three of the leaders to enter the building and present the list of demands to administrators.

Students again took turns at the megaphone outside the building where most of the GW administrative offices are housed, some reading poems aloud and others speaking about personal experiences that empowered them to participate in the protest.

Tara Fitzmartin, a sophomore, said Trump opposed all the values of the communities she represented but the protest gave her hope.

“This is the sign that we needed for everyone on this campus, for the people who are scared that feel alone. We are with them and they know that now,” Fitzmartin said.

Although the movement was large and prominent on campus, not all students were supportive of the walkout.

Diego Rebollar, a freshman, said that while he supported the students’ right to assemble, he thinks it is disrespectful to walk out of class in protest.

“I think it’s pretty disrespectful to all our parents who are paying a lot of money for us to go here, if you’re on financial aid, the donors who donate a lot of money for us to go to class and learn,” he said.

Hunter Wilson, a freshman and member of GW College Republicans, said he hopes the protests die down as Inauguration Day approaches, and that liberals and conservatives can come together across ideological lines.

”I think we can try to reach some kind of common ground,” he said. “I’m hoping for the best, that people can listen to the other side at least rather than call them names or some blanket group.”

The GW chapter of the Young America’s Foundation also voiced their opposition to the walkout via a statement released on social media.

The group condemned the protest and the demands, calling them “radically absurd and profoundly divisive.”

“The cries of “not my president” and vitriolic marches and riots against the next properly-elected president are antithetical to our Republic’s fundamental commitment to the peaceful transition of power,” the statement read. “We strongly oppose this walk-out and those students abandoning their educations and disrespecting their peers and professors in order to lash out against the will of the country.”

Leah Potter contributed reporting.

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Linda Livingstone, business school dean, said that a $4.8 million gift to fund a new professorship will enhance the future scholarship of the school. Hatchet file photo.

Linda Livingstone, business school dean, said that a $4.8 million gift to fund a new professorship will enhance the future scholarship of the school. Hatchet file photo.

A $4.8 million gift will fund a new professorship in the business school, the University announced Monday.

The release did not say who the donor was or what kind of professorship it will fund, but did state that the gift is a bequest from the donor’s estate.

Linda Livingstone, dean of the business school, said in the release that she is grateful for the generous gift and the impact it will have on the business school’s future.

“This endowed professorship will provide our outstanding faculty with significant resources as we continue to grow the body of meaningful scholarship and teaching excellence conducted at the GW School of Business,” Livingstone said in the release.

The gift will count toward the $1 billion fundraising campaign, which officials said earlier this year will meet its goal one year ahead of schedule. The release stated that more than 20 new endowed professorships have been established during the course of the campaign.

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Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health found that community health centers are providing more care for veterans. Hatchet file photo by Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor

Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health found that community health centers are providing more care for veterans. Hatchet file photo.

This post was written by reporter Siri Nadler.

Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health found that community health centers across the country are increasingly providing services to more veterans, according to a University release.

The research found that in less than 10 years, the number of veterans receiving health care has increased by 43 percent, from 213,841 to 305,520.

The Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative based at Milken led the project and found that 89 percent of health care centers provided care for veteran patients in 2015. Many of these community centers provide various services beyond primary care to veterans, like dental and mental health services.

Dan Hawkins, the senior vice president of public policy and research at the National Association of Community Health Centers, said in a release that these findings are especially important because many of the health centers serve communities with many low-income veterans.

“Veterans have given so much to their – and our – country, so community health centers are committed to providing the very best care to them every day,” Hawkins said in the release.

Overall, U.S. community health care centers provide care for 1.4 percent of veterans. In Vermont, more than 10 percent of veterans received health care, and in Alaska, Maine and West Virginia, between 5 and 10 percent of veterans received health care. Thirty states and D.C. serviced between 1 and 5 percent of veterans and the remaining 16 states serviced less than 1 percent of that population, according to an infographic developed by the researchers.

Additionally, half of all health centers are certified as “Veterans Choice” providers by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This congressional program aims to enhance access to care for veterans facing long wait times or long travel distances, according to the release.

Feygele Jacobs, the CEO and president of the RCHN Community Health Foundation, said in the release that community health centers have a long history of serving veterans.

“As the Veteran’s Administration works to improve access to essential services through partnerships and collaborations, health centers are ready and able partners to meet the unique needs of those who have served our country,” Jacobs said in the release.

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Protesters gathered for a candle-less vigil at the White House Saturday night. Aaron Schwartz | Hatchet Photographer

Protesters gathered for a candle-less vigil at the White House Saturday night. Aaron Schwartz | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by reporter Leah Potter.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House Saturday night in opposition of new President-elect Donald Trump.

Students, families and working professionals came together for a “candle-less” vigil, carrying glow sticks and battery powered candles with “love” hand-written on them. Some carried signs reading slogans like “Stronger Together” and “America Deserves Better.”

Emma-Claire Martin, a student at American University, spoke first to the crowd, retelling her experience on election night, which was also her birthday. Martin also performed her spoken word poem “Nothing Rhymes with Orange,” written in response to the election.

“We were all ready to celebrate the first woman being in the White House,” Martin said. “But we all cried. I don’t know about tomorrow, but we have to fight now.”

After Martin finished speaking, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

The protesters observed two minutes of silence to reflect on their individual response to the election. They broke the silence with song, first singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, who passed away this week.

Other songs on the playlist ranged from patriotic, like “This Land is Your Land” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” to protest classics like “Amazing Grace” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Rachel Wynn and Michelle Kramer, both psychology graduate students at GW, said they were glad to find a peaceful way to protest the recent presidential election.

“Everybody’s just been super sad about what happened and not necessarily wanting to be out protesting, but want to be around people who are coming together and and show a supportive way to express support for those individuals who have felt particularly targeted,” Wynn said.

“We just liked the tone of this event,” Kramer said. “How it was more supportive than protesting.”

Both young women, Wynn and Kramer expressed their dismay at former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss.

“I guess as a woman especially it’s hard to see someone who is so overqualified for the job come in and be defeated by someone with zero qualifications,” Wynn said. “I feel it just represents the challenges we face in the workplace.”

Danielle Ciaurro, a GW junior, said that attending the vigil was a way to “check her own privilege,” and stand in support of those who she said will be most affected by the shift in leadership, like immigrants and Muslim Americans.

Ciaurro said she was initially in a state of shock after the election results were finalized, but that it’s important for everyone to process the results of the election in their own way.

“The first 24 hours I was in shock, and then I got pissed,” Ciaurro said. “And I wanted to do something but couldn’t. But I’m happy that the first event that I went to was something more peaceful and about an outpour of love and compassion.”

Rafael Rolon, an alumnus, said the news of the election has been “scary in general,” and that most protests regarding the election had been far more aggressive than Saturday’s vigil.

“It definitely was nice to go see that there’s this same sort of thing where it’s a lot more peaceful,” Rolon said. “There is a lot of different kinds of voices getting involved in this and that’s more important.”

Carly Aquino, a junior, stressed the importance of becoming allies to marginalized groups.

“White people need to learn how to be allies,” Aquino said. “We can’t be the loudest voices. We need to boost up silenced voices.”

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