Posted on November 1, 2019

Iowa State Students Protest Against Racism

Elin Johnson, Inside Higher Ed, November 1, 2019

Students at Iowa State University stormed the president’s office Wednesday demanding a stronger response to a series of racist incidents on campus.

After finding neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic slogans scribbled across campus in chalk, over 100 students swept into President Wendy Wintersteen’s office, reported the Des Moines Register.

{snip} They students were part of the Students Against Racism protest that marched through campus to Wintersteen’s office.


The hate speech is the most recent event in a string of racist incidents that had upset students.


A residence hall adviser found a sign with the word “bean” altered to “beaner,” which the adviser felt was aimed at her race. Since 2016 stickers and posters promoting white nationalism have been found on campus, and in 2015 a student protesting then candidate Donald Trump had his sign ripped from his hands. Last year a Wi-Fi address with a racist name frequently popped up near the campus.