KU students offer to walk to class with minority classmates who don’t feel safe

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- More than 90 students at The University of Kansas have volunteered to walk minority students to class who don’t feel safe, according to the college’s International Student Services group. Some students on campus said the environment has turned negative toward Muslim women and other minorities after Tuesday night’s presidential election, however, KU officials said no incidents have been reported to them.

“I think a lot of people are sometimes, they are afraid to talk about what happened because it can be a traumatic experience for them so talking about it can be difficult,” said Zoya Kahn, President of The Muslim Student Association. “It’s really reassuring that even though there are a few bad apples here and there, that the wider community is very supportive of you know, students who aren’t sure how to feel.”

Kahn said she’s heard second and third-hand information about incidents that have happened to minority students, but said she cannot confirm any of the details since she hasn’t talked to any victims herself.

Students on campus said they were happy to see people stepping up and offering to walk their peers to class.

“It really could help a lot of people, just having that interaction with another person I think it makes a big difference,” said freshman Victor Remar.

An e-mail from International Student Services also alerted students to seven areas on campus that are known as “safe spaces” where they can ask somebody for help or have somebody to talk to.

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