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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - "We can - do better! We can - do better!"

Those were the chants of students, faculty and administration at the Day of Solidarity event Thursday.


The day was created by the "We Can Do Better" campaign. The campaign was started by faculty and staff from the College of Education and the Women's and Gender Studies program. 

Supporters gathered on campus of the University of Northern Iowa to speak out and support students affected by posts on the social media app Yik Yak.

"We are here to stand in solidarity against racist, sexiest, homophobic, anti-semitic and any other form of discrimination or offensive language," said UNI education professor Stephanie Logan.

But why give the posts attention? Wouldn't simply ignoring the negativity make it go away?

Students like De'Sean Taylor say no.

"A way to change that is not to ignore it; it's to make a change in policy and processes so it can be ended," Taylor said.

UNI President Bill Ruud agrees.

"The issue became events like this, to remind students we're not here to discriminate, we're not here to take advantage of students," Ruud said. "We're here to support, cause students success, and make things happen at the university."

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