USM holding post-election discussion as students worry

USM planning post-election discussion

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Students in schools and colleges across the country are reacting to the results of the 2016 election.

Here in Maine, colleges like the University of Southern Maine are finding ways for kids to talk about how they feel after last Tuesday's results.

Administrators at USM said some students there are upset, even a bit scared, because of Donald Trump's victory. They're comparing discussions in some classrooms to ones that teachers had with students after 9/11.

Some allowed their students to leave classes to join anti-Trump protests in Portland last week. Others changed their class plans Wednesday, the day after Trump's victory, so students could talk.

“As a Muslim myself, not really sure how I fit into America in general after Trump's election,” USM student body president Humza Khan said.

Overall, administrators think this is a time where their academic institution can find a way to help students put what they're learning into context and practice.

“The reaction of students has been mixed,” said the school’s Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “Presumably some students are excited, other students are pretty distraught and we have many students who are quite scared about what's going to happen to them and what's going to happen to the country.”

The school plans to host a panel discussion on the election Tuesday afternoon. They hope that it will provide a broader forum for students who are feeling uncomfortable to find a place to express their ideas. 

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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