News and events

ISU Police investigating racist threat of violence posted on social media

Nov. 13: President Wendy Wintersteen and ISU Police Chief Michael Newton sent a message to notify the Iowa State community about a threat of physical violence posted on a Reddit stream.

Nov. 14: Police believe the threat was racially motivated. President Wintersteen wants the university community to know that threats of physical violence are illegal and deplorable and the racism conveyed through the threat is abhorrent. ISU Police have been in contact with all three students who were targeted to provide support and resources.

Schmittmann calls on LAS College to support campuswide actions

Nov. 13: In an open letter to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean Beate Schmittmann expressed support for the actions Iowa State University is taking to enhance campus climate and acknowledge the shared responsibility to make ISU a better place.

University leaders announce actions to address racism and discrimination

Nov. 7: During a meeting with Students Against Racism and in a subsequent Nov. 8 message to campus, President Wintersteen and her leadership team outlined 10 actions the university will take in response to student demands following recent acts of racism. 

Creating a welcoming and inclusive campus must include condemning racism and bigotry

Oct. 23: In a message to campus, President Wendy Wintersteen acknowledged that we still have much work to do to eliminate racism and bigotry and make Iowa State University the best land-grant university in the country in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.