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UMass Amherst offered grief counseling services amidst election results

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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Reality is setting in for those who did not want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States.

In wake of Wednesday morning’s news that he had won the election, UMass Amherst is offering grief counseling services for students and staff.

Many students and staff of minorities here at UMass said they’ve felt targeted throughout the entire election cycle by Donald Trump.

Wednesday morning’s news was not comforting too many who now said they feel threatened.

Senior Sophie Damas said students were chanting “white power” on campus at UMass when they found out Donald Trump had been elected.

“I identify as an African-American woman and a lot of the views Donald Trump has shared are very misogynistic, classist, and homophobic.”

She works at the center for multicultural advancement and student success, which began offering counseling today to students who are trying to understand the election results.

A co-director of the program told Western Mass News that the decision to offer post-election coverage is because they noticed students and faculty members alike having an emotional reaction to not only Trump’s victory, but also the entire election season.

“A lot of people felt more strongly about the hateful kind of comments that Donald Trump was spreading,” said freshman student Megan Veroneau.

Critics of counseling programs like these or the protests erupting across the nation said those who didn’t vote for Trump need to accept the results.

Freshman student Emma Robertson said it’s about much more than not getting the candidate she wanted.

“Had Hillary won and Trump lost, people would be angry, but because Trump won and Hillary lost there’s a lot of people that are actually scared for their lives.”

The Multicultural Center said that many students have come into the office saying they are fearing for their lives with feelings of grief and anxiety.

The center is open in Wilder Hall until 11 tonight and will have drop in hours the rest of the week.

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