News and information

Racist spam email sent to campus accounts

June 22, 2020: Chief Michael Newton and Interim Vice President and CIO Kristen Constant sent a message to campus condemning the racist message, outlining steps taken to respond to the email spam, providing information to protect against cyber threats as well as how to access campus support.

DACA Ruling 

June 18, 2020: President Wintersteen sent a message informing campus about the United States Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and affirming support for members of the campus community supported by DACA. 

Recognizing Juneteenth

June 18, 2020: President Wintersteen sent a message to campus to provide recognition and education about the Juneteenth holiday and its significance to the Black community. 

Campus leaders participate in Social Justice Forum

June 16, 2020: President Wendy Wintersteen, Vice President Reg Stewart, Chief Michael Newton, and Dean Sharron Evans joined Student Government President Morgan Fritz and Black Student Alliance President India Robinson for a discussion on social justice issues and the Black experience on campus, in our community, and across the country. The forum was organized by Student Government and a recording is available here

LGBTQIA+ rights ruling

June 15, 2020: The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, by extension protects gay and transgender individuals from being fired for reasons related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Statement on W.T. Hornaday, campus plaque

June 11, 2020: President Wintersteen sent a message to campus denouncing the racist actions and attitudes of W.T. Hornaday, who is memorialized with a plaque on campus, and outlining next steps for moving forward. 

Taking the Lead 2020 Policing and Justice

June 11: Reg Stewart, vice president for diversity and inclusion, is moderating a panel discussion on policing and justice. ISU Police Chief Michael Newton is participating on the panel with Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz. 

Statements on George Floyd

May 29: President Wintersteen sent a message to campus and the Iowa State University Police Department issued a statement about the tragic killing of George Floyd. 

Diversity and Inclusion COVID-19 Resources

April 23: The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion has launched a new website with resources, webinars, professional development opportunities, and identity-based support regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

InclusAbility website

April 14: The Office of Equal Opportunity has added resources and webinars to the InclusAbility website that provide knowledge and information to increase support for, and visibility of, persons with disabilities within the Iowa State campus and community.

New diversity, equity, and inclusion training

April 6: New training for employees has been launched on Learn@ISU. This training is focused on the concept of bias - why everyone has biases, and how to identify, manage, and overcome them. Type keyword "managing bias" to find the course in the Learn@ISU catalog. 

Help fight stigma associated with COVID-19

April 6: The COVID-19 virus does not target based on race, nationality or ethnicity. Individuals of Asian Descent are not more likely to get or spread the virus. COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China, but geographic origin does not correlate with vulnerability to illness. Please continue to reject stigmas associated with this pandemic. Please see these additional resources for diversity, equity, and inclusion implications and considerations associated with COVID-19: Webinar RecordingPowerPoint, and Resources/Best Practices Document

Racist vandalism in lecture hall

March 2: A student reported being the target of a racist slur and swastika scratched on their desk in Carver Hall. A message condemning this action and emphasizing classroom expectations was posted in Canvas for all students in the class. 

Incident of harassment reported in residence hall

Feb. 26: A student in Wallace Hall reported personally experiencing an act of harassment on their floor. The Department of Residence is working with the student to provide support and resources.

Student reported racist vandalism in residence hall

Feb. 24: A student reported vandalism in Wallace Hall described as a swastika scratched on a restroom stall. The Department of Residence has removed the vandalism and is reaching out to residents of the hall. 

Incident of harassment reported in residence hall

Feb. 16: A student staff member in Wallace and Wilson reported personally experiencing an act of harassment on their floor. The Department of Residence and Iowa State Police are investigating and are working with the student staff member to provide support and resources. 

Resolution censures College of Veterinary Medicine; demands presented

Feb. 12: Student Government unanimously passed a resolution to censure the College of Veterinary Medicine administration for failure to effectively respond to issues of racism, discrimination, and bigotry and promote a diverse and inclusive environment. CVM students also presented to college administration a list of demands to improve diversity and the climate of the college. 

Update: SAR forum rescheduled

The meeting with Students Against Racism originally planned for Tuesday, January 28 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The meeting is open to all. 

Stickers with Nazi imagery reported across campus

Feb. 3: Stickers with Nazi imagery and messaging were reported in numerous locations across campus over the weekend. These hateful, racist images are abhorrent. The university condemns all forms of racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism and bigotry. The stickers are being removed in accordance with university policy. 

First Amendment and welcoming and inclusive campus

Iowa State University will continue to champion the First Amendment in its efforts to create a campus where all individuals and ideas are welcome and included.

Professional and Scientific Council pledged support for improving campus environment

Dec. 5: P&S Council passed a motion in support of building on efforts to make campus a safe and welcoming community. The motion recommends reviewing all employees' engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as part of their annual performance evaluation.

Student reported racist vandalism etched on door

Dec. 3: A student reported vandalism in Wallace Hall that they said appeared to be a swastika etched on a restroom door. The Department of Residence has removed the vandalism and is reaching out to residents of the hall. 

Student arrested for criminal mischief and harassment

A student living at Frederiksen Court was arrested late Sunday night (Nov. 24) and charged with criminal mischief and harassment following a physically threatening confrontation with a roommate, which also included statements about the roommate’s race. Iowa State University Police are investigating and will refer the case to the Story County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The student also has been referred to the university’s student disciplinary process. The university is offering support and resources to the roommate.

Connect Four offers community, opportunity for students of color

Nov. 21 Inside Iowa State: A College of Human Sciences program for first-year students of color provides community connections and guidance on how to thrive.

Racist, anti-Semitic vandalism reported on campus

Nov. 20: ISU Police received a report last night (Nov. 19) of a swastika scratched on a den door in Buchanan Hall. ISU Police are investigating and the racist, anti-Semitic vandalism has been removed. The Department of Residence is reaching out to all residents of the impacted floor of the hall to offer support and resources. 

Nov. 20: Iowa State University Police and the Campus Climate Reporting System continue to receive reports of racist stickers and posters on light poles and bus stop signs around campus. They are being removed in accordance with university policy. 

Faculty Senate pledges continued work toward change 

Nov. 13: The Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution codemning racist incidents and in support of the students impacted by them. Senators aknowledged that faculty have the power to put action behind their words of support.

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.