President Wendy Wintersteen informs ISU community of racist criminal activity on campus


Celeste Ki

In 2019, a collective coalition of Iowa State students and members from student organizations marched together during their “Students Against Racism” protest at noon Oct. 30. The march started at the Memorial Union, went to Lincoln Way and then to Beardshear Hall where students requested to talk to President Wendy Wintersteen.

Katherine Kealey

President Wendy Wintersteen released an email Saturday afternoon notifying the Iowa State community about a racist criminal act on campus.

According to the email, a staff member reported their residential storage room was burglarized and vandalized with racist slurs over the night in Roberts Hall.

“My leadership team and I are outraged by this cowardly act,” according to Wintersteen’s email. “Iowa State University condemns racism, white supremacy, and all racist acts.”

The ISU Police Department is investigating the crime and will prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law, according to the letter.

Wintersteen said in the letter that their primary concern is the impact the racist criminal act has had on the staff member and for their safety and well-being.

For additional support, the letter included a list of resources:

Student Counseling Services, 515-294-5056

Student Assistance, 515-294-1020

Thielen Student Health Center, 515-294-5801

Crisis Text Line, text “ISU” to 741741 (available 24/7)

Incidents of racism or bias can be reported to The Campus Climate website. The Iowa State community is expected to uphold the Principles of Community.

This is not the first time there has been racially charged hate crimes on Iowa State’s campus. During the fall semester of 2019, Geoffroy Hall’s Bean House had been changed to a racial slur against Mexican-Americans.