Colorful handprints now cover a Washington Avenue Bridge panel once spray-painted with the word “ISIS.”
The Muslim Students Association invited allies to join them Friday as they re-painted the group’s panels, which were vandalized earlier this month.
Shortly after the vandalism, the group whitewashed their three panels and it has stood blank since.
Salah Al Din Deban, an MSA member, said the handprints were a ceremonial way to show solidarity against hate and division on campus.
Sophomore Jacob Sachs said he was ashamed and scared when he first saw that MSA’s panels were vandalized, adding that he joined the event to show his support for the group.
Emily Janisch and Katie Henly — staff members at the Institute for Global Studies — said they added handprints to show their solidarity against hate.
“I want to show support for everyone who feels hatred and show we still care,” said Lensa Ali, a third-year student.
She said she the people who vandalized the group’s original panels should “take some time to learn.”
Henly and Janisch similarly said the vandalism shows how much misinformation there is about Muslims and what Islam means.
Sidhra Musani, MSA’s president, said the vandalism was hurtful to see, but an immediate outpouring of love and support from many on campus followed it.
“Everything happens for a reason,” she said. “Had [the vandalism] not happened, we wouldn’t have the chance to get together like this.”