Students, faculty and staff organized at the UC flagpole for the Rally for Inclusion on Nov. 10.
On Wednesday, health medicine and society professor Sirry Alang sent an email to several students to spread the word about a nonviolent, silent rally.
“Please come through and show that Lehigh as a community denounces the racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and sexism that America now embraces,” Alang wrote in an email. “Make signs that show that Lehigh celebrates diversity, and that everyone is welcome on campus.”
Hundreds of students came to the rally with signs that expressed their objection to the rhetoric that has been used during this election, such as “Lehigh denounces xenophobia” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” People marched from the flagpole, across Memorial Drive and towards West Packard Avenue. They ended at the Alumni Memorial Building for an open discussion.
Lehigh is one of many schools across the nation that have rallied and protested against president elect Donald Trump. Schools such as University of Tennessee, University of Oregon, University of Michigan and University of Texas have had student protests and rallies today as well.