BOULDER, Colo. — A new campaign at the University of Colorado is discouraging students from choosing racially insensitive Halloween costumes this year.
The poster campaign “We’re a culture, not a costume,” originated at Ohio University, and shows students of various ethnicities holding up photographs of themselves or standing next people in offensive costumes, the Daily Camera reported.
“It’s really a campaign to raise awareness and to create a better sense of community for all of our students and how to have a respectful and inclusive community for all students here at CU,” Center for Multicultural Affairs director Randy McCrillis told the paper.
One poster shows an Asian student holding a photograph of a woman wearing a geisha costume. Another shows a Hispanic student holding a photograph of a man wearing a sombrero and riding a donkey.
Student Kevin Patterson told the Camera there’s a need for this type of campaign at CU.
“I’ve seen blackface on the Hill,” Patterson said. “I’ve seen a lot of this manifest.”
This year, minority enrollment among CU’s freshman class increased by 12 percent and among all CU students by 7 percent.