AUSG issued the following statement after racist, misogynist and anti-immigration posters were found on campus on Monday, January 22, 2018.
Today, AUSG is once again outraged that our community has been targeted by an outside organization aligned with neo-Nazis.
In an alert to students, AU Vice President of Campus Life Dr. Fanta Aw shared that anti-immigration posters were found on campus this morning. University leadership does not believe that American University was targeted specifically, as far-right and neo-Nazi groups stated their intent to place these posters in locations across the country over the past few days.
The alert issued by OCL is an important step in the right direction as the university continues to improve its response to incidents like this one.
The racist and misogynist messages these posters contained are inconsistent with values we hold as a university. We are a globally-minded university which attracts some of the best minds from across the United States and from around the world. President Burwell has affirmed AU’s commitment to immigrant students time and time again, most notably as a founding member of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, which is lobbying Congress directly for permanent DACA protections.
We have faced incidents like this before, and because of our resiliency and our renewed commitments to diversity and inclusion, we remain a target. What will continue to change and improve is how we deal with this reality as a community.
We ask that the university continue to work on safety and security improvements on campus to make students feel safe in their home away from home. Strides have been made, and we’re confident there are more ahead of us.