University of Florida offers counseling to students who are offended by Halloween costumes

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Halloween Costume Choices

October 10, 2016

October brings fall weather and Halloween. If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another.

As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing umatter@ufl.edu. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. Lastly, the Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate those that were involved, and to provide support by connecting those that were impacted to the appropriate services and resources. You may submit a bias incident report at http://www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias . Thank you for being mindful of these values, and have a fun and safe Halloween.

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October 13, 2016. Tags: , . Holidays, Political correctness.

2 Comments

  1. HMichaelH replied:

    We truly are teaching this younger generation how to be sissies, aren’t we? I continue to be shocked by the idiocy of institutions of higher education actually doing something like this. What courses have they instituted to teach these little princes and princesses to defend themselves against marauding mobs of BLM or Moo-oo-slum Terrorists? Moo-oo-slum Terrorists and BLM are really a clear and present danger. Halloween costumes are not!

    Imagine what would have happened in WWII if we had to depend on these little buttercups to defend our Nation? We would all be speaking German or Japanese right now.

  2. Hipster Racist replied:

    Halloween is a European custom and any non-European/European American co-opting this holiday is a racist.

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