This Halloween – Think before you dress up

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Halloween is around the corner and many students are planning their costumes for on-campus or off-campus parties. It is a good time to remind everyone in the UBC community that culture is not a costume. At UBC we do not mimic cultural, racial or ethnic groups. It’s a matter of respect.

It is important to think before you dress up and be aware of the hurtful racist or sexist stereotypes that are sometimes portrayed in costumes. For whatever reason, this is the one time of year when it is often perceived to be OK to be blatantly and unabashedly racist, and in many cases sexist. Racist and sexist stereotypes aren’t funny, and culture, ethnicity, and race are not costumes.

Everyone can do their part to create a respectful environment at UBC. We encourage you to share the information below widely on social media and with your clubs, fraternities, sororities, residences and classrooms. Best wishes for a safe and respectful Halloween, the Equity and Inclusion Office

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Hip Vs. Horrible Halloween Outfits by Hannah Barath, Access and Diversity Co-op student.

“Culture is not a costume” resources

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One response to “This Halloween – Think before you dress up”

  1. Alexa

    Thank you so much for bringing this to the school’s attention! I see photographs every year of unfortunate costume choices, and see the “Pocahottie” and “Powwow Princess” costumes in stores and it is always very disappointing, to say the least. As an Indigenous student of UBC, this means a lot to me for my school to do this. Limlimt! Thank you.

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