by John Lynch
For many people, this year’s election process brought on waves of anxiety inducing, invariably confusing, and generally depressing developments regarding a system that would inevitably go against the values of half of the population. Last night, upon hearing the news that Donald Trump had been named the 2016 U.S. president-elect, Taylor Zenobia sprang into action knowing that the losing half needed compassion and support.
Zenobia, a peer mentor at Folsom Lake College (FLC) and a student representative on the Multicultural and Diversity Committee, organized a group of helpers through text last night and early this morning in an effort to spread some positivity on the FLC campus. Zenobia bought flowers and other craft supplies this morning, and with a group of about ten students on FLC’s main campus began to work.
Around the stem of the flowers they attached strips of paper which read, “We are allies.” On the back of the paper there was a longer message which said, “If you are interested in being involved in social justice issues, educating others, and creating positive social change in our community please join us, as we become socially responsible global citizens."
The flowers were then distributed to students at almost every bathroom and other main student area around the Folsom campus.
When students received the flowers many posted photos of them to social media. Freshman student Talha Muhammad received his flower and posted it with the caption, “This is cute. A little positivity.” In a comment to The Talon he said, “It made me feel a little more hopeful.”
The Talon reached out to another student, sophomore Faisal Kanaan, who tweeted a photo of the flower he received with the caption, “Praises to the girls who put these around school”. When discussing the broader meaning of the flower distribution today, Kanaan said, “Nothing will make America great again besides our community and our communication. We need to show our concerns and hear our concerns, we need to understand that we aren't handling this alone, and the other side will not disappear because we don't want them here. We're on this ship together.”
“I wanted students to see that there are people who care for them,” Zenobia said. “We hope to remind students that there are people who love and support them on this campus.”
Zenobia encourages anyone to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on social justice involvement opportunities.
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