Emory University students were offered "emergency counseling" by the school's student government association Tuesday after seeing "Trump 2016" chalkings on campus.
The offer of counseling came on the heels of protestors meeting with the Atlanta school's president, James Wagner, to discuss the chalkings after protests outside the administrative building on campus.
"That being said, by nature of the fact that for a significant portion of our student population, the messages represent particularly bigoted opinions, policies, and rhetoric directed at populations represented at Emory University, we would like to express our concern regarding the values espoused by the messages displayed, and our sympathy for the pain experienced by members of our community," read the email from the student government association.
"It is clear to us that these statements are triggering for many of you," the email said. "As a result, both College Council and the Student Government Association pledge to stand in solidarity with those communities who feel threatened by this incident and to help navigate the student body through it and the environment of distrust and unease it has created."
"To that end, Emergency Funds within the College Council monetary policy were created to provide time-sensitive funds during circumstances involving discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and such funds are available to any student organization looking to sponsor events in response to this incident," the email continued.
According to reports, 40-50 student protestors showed up outside the office of President Wagner, with some eventually meeting with him to discuss the chalkings and asking him to "decry" support for Donald Trump, who the students deemed a "fascist, racist candidate." The president declined to take such action.
"Roughly 40 students gathered shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the outdoors space between the Administration Building and Goodrich C. White Hall; many students carried signs featuring slogans such as 'stop Trump' or 'stop hate' and an antiphonal chant addressed to university administration, led by college sophomore Jonathan Peraza, resounded 'You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!' throughout the quad," reported the Emory Wheel, the school's student newspaper. "Peraza opened the door to the Administration Building and students moved forward towards the door, shouting 'It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.'"
Another student asked Wagner why chalkings of swastikas drawn on the Jewish house earned a quick response from the school's administration, but not the pro-Trump chalkings. One student also told Wagner that the Emory faculty is "supporting this rhetoric by not ending it."
Eventually, the school sent out an email late Tuesday to address student concerns. In the email, Wagner wrote that the chalkings represented "values regarding diversity and respect that clash with Emory's own. He also told students that he plans to implement "immediate refinements to certain policy and procedural deficiencies, regular and structured opportunities for difficult dialogues, a formal process to institutionalize identification, review and [the] addressing of social justice opportunities and issues and a commitment to an annual retreat to renew our efforts."