CU Boulder campaign discourages insensitive Halloween costumes

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(Credit: CU Boulder)
(Credit: CU Boulder)

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.

Read the story at the Daily Camera

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