Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election, Ball State students and Muncie community members decided to take a stand to make their voices heard.

Students and community members stood in a circle on University Green and listened as people shared stories and poems that promoted kindness and inclusion on Wednesday.

Levi Todd, Ball State junior and event organizer, said the purpose was to show the opposition of Trump leadership to give people hope.

“There is a significant potential for justice and kind of like a faith in humanity to be restored,” Todd said.

Todd stressed this would be a peaceful demonstration and violence wouldn’t be tolerated. University Police Department was present at the event to make sure the event remained safe.

Reverend Seth Carrier-Lad, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, said Todd invited him to the event and it was an eye-opening experience.

“Just to hear people’s stories, their fears, and that they are scared for their lives, is just a reminder that we have to combat the hate and ignorance that is being spread by people who are going to be in power in this country,” Carrier-Lad said.

Emily Kipp, Ball State student, attended the demonstration after hearing about it on social media. She said the event was empowering and a confirmation that she’s not alone.

“I feel like this is a time where everybody needs people,” Kipp said. “The unity was really nice to see.”