Culturally appropriate Halloween costumes

Diane Ariza

Diane Ariza, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer, is available to discuss the importance of culturally appropriate Halloween costumes.

"If you are planning to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your costume decision may have on others," Ariza said. "Making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other peoples' cultures."  

This year, students at Quinnipiac, representing cultural organizations, fraternity and sorority life, student government and residential life, are coming together to promote a common message: a culture is not a costume.  

"In solidarity, students want to encourage their peers to choose culturally appropriate costumes, not as a way to police their apparel but rather to educate them on the danger of perpetuating cultural stereotypes," Ariza said. "While everyone has the freedom to be expressive, we also want our students to celebrate that we are part of a vibrant, diverse university community that strives toward respecting others."

If you're interested in speaking to Ariza, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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