News and Perspectives
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.
Listen to the NPR story featuring the U's Aurora Center Director Katie Eichele talking about the challenges of seeking justice in sexual assault cases, and options for victims/survivors.
Friday, Oct. 28, 12-1:30 pm, Walter Library
What can we do when friends' or family's words wound or leave us vulnerable? Do we want to be right, or effective? Can we be both? Learn how to navigate those difficult conversations with dignity and respect. Facilitated by Katie H. Eichele, Director, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Held in 101 Walter Library. RSVP encouraged.
The University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is available to all staff, students and participants in university-related activities across the entire University of Minnesota system. Our office helps to help resolve issues or concerns involving discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, nepotism, and retaliation.