A satirical poster campaign has sprung up on the University of Alberta campus in reaction to comments made by the president, Indira Samarasekera, about the issue of attracting more men to universities.

About 400 posters were put up. One states: “Only White Men Can Save our University!” Another reads: “Women: Stop! Drop! Men: Enroll.”

edm-poster-uofa2This is one of the posters that was put up at the University of Alberta last week by a group of students protesting comments made by university president Indira Samarasekera. ((Tina Faiz/CBC))

The posters are in response to comments made by Samarasekera in an interview on Oct. 21, when she said: “Presidents of the major universities are very concerned we are not attracting young men in the numbers we should.”

“I’m going to be an advocate for young white men, because I can be. No one is going to question me when I say we have a problem,” she said.

Samarasekera made the comments in response to new statistics that show  females make up about 58 per cent of the student body in Canada.

Samarasekera said her concern is that in 20 years, there will not be enough male talent at the heads of companies and elsewhere.