Selecting culturally sensitive Halloween costumes
Diane Ariza, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer, is available to discuss the importance of selecting culturally sensitive Halloween costumes.
"Halloween is a fun and celebratory occasion," Ariza said. "If you are planning to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your costume decision may have on others."
This year, in solidarity with students at Ohio University, Quinnipiac University is supporting the "We're a Culture, Not a Costume" campaign. Images that seek to discourage students from choosing offensive costumes for Halloween will be displayed in the residence halls and academic buildings. Students in various organizations will share these images with their peers in an effort to educate them on the danger of perpetuating stereotypes.
"While everyone has the freedom to be expressive, we also want our peers to celebrate that we are part of a vibrant, diverse community that strives toward respecting others," Ariza said.
If you're interested in interviewing Ariza, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.