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When members of the College Republicans student group wrote “Build the wall” on a Washington Avenue Bridge panel this fall as part of "Paint the Bridge" day, the action sparked outrage from many immigrant students, students of color and supporters.
The immediate response took two forms: A protest on the Washington Ave bridge the day after the panel was painted and another protest by students at an October 6 Campus Conversation event with President Eric Kaler.
Wed. Nov. 16, 2016, 6 pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Next up in the 2016-2017 Power & Privilege Series is Transgender activist and Fashion model, Geena Rocero. In her groundbreaking 2014 TED talk on International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero revealed that she was transgender publicly for the first time. Her talk went viral and has more than 2.5 million views.
As the cofounder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and awareness campaign, Rocero works tirelessly to advance the rights of all transgender individuals.
More information, including how to get a free ticket for the event, on the Facebook event invitation page.
It happens on many college campuses every Halloween. Attending a party, a white student will wear a Native American headdress. A fraternity, its members dressed in blackface, will throw a “ghetto party.” A group of students -- or even college administrators -- will don sombreros and fake mustaches. Inevitably, photographs of the costumes will end up on Instagram or Twitter, with those posing unaware or unconcerned about the hurt these costumes cause. The resulting attention leads to embarrassment for the college and sets off racial tensions among students.
Colleges brace themselves for such controversies every year, and this Halloween is no different, with several institutions proactively encouraging students to avoid offensive and culturally insensitive costumes. At a time of frequent college protests over racism, the pre-emptive approach has the support of many multicultural groups and centers on campuses. But institutions are also facing criticism, backlash and mockery over what critics consider to be a chilling of free speech and coddling of overly sensitive students.