A white supremacist group that works to spread its beliefs by putting posters up at college campuses across the country targeted Stanford University this week.
White supremacist "recruiting" posters were posted in and around the law school and near the Stanford Bookstore during a Diwali celebration Tuesday night, Stanford Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and Law School Dean Elizabeth Magill wrote in an online message.
The flyers were posted by Identity Evropa, a group that describes itself online as a "generation of awakened Europeans" who advocate for a "utopian homeland for whites." A video titled "Who Are We" on the group's website is narrated by Richard Spencer, a controversial white supremacist and president of the National Policy Institute.
Identity Evropa participated in white nationalist protests this fall that sparked violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The group has put up promotional posters at dozens of colleges and universities.
Brubaker-Cole and Magill's message, titled "Strengthening community in the face of race hatred," denounced the group, calling its ideologies "morally abhorrent."
"They have come to the wrong place," the administrators wrote. "These efforts will only deepen the connection we have to one another and the belief we have in the power of what we can learn and create and do when we work together, side by side, as part of a community that is committed to the humanity and dignity of every single one of our members."
The posters follow the appearance of swastikas on campus last week and similar vandalism incidents since last fall.
Stanford encourages reporting of such incidents to both the Department of Public Safety and the Dean of Students Office, which oversees the university's Acts of Intolerance Protocol. The university also offers support resources to students and staff, Brubaker-Cole and Magill noted in their message.