I received this email last night from my school… They’re always sending out safety and wellness reminders this semester, and compared to the colleges I’ve attended in the past, I’m pretty impressed by this.
The crisp air and changing leaves tell us that autumn is upon us. And with that comes Halloween and the many ways we observe this festive event. If you choose to participate in Halloween festivities, please be thoughtful and respectful when celebrating.
In particular, please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes. Although it may not be the intent, these costumes, and choosing to wear them, can depict identities in ways that are offensive or hurtful to others. Please take care in selecting your Halloween costumes. And, as always, keep in mind the potential for social media posts to have a long-term impact on your reputation.
Halloween is just one occasion on a broad continuum where we all benefit from acting with an understanding of the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and respect. At the U of M, we work to foster an environment that supports these values, and we seek to weave them into the life and work of every member of our community.
We appreciate your commitment to these values in your choices for daily life and as you celebrate Halloween.
Be well and be safe,
Katrice A. Albert, Vice President, Office of Equity and Diversity
Danita M. Brown Young, Vice Provost and Dean of Students”