If you see someone not Mexican wearing a sombrero on Halloween at the University of Florida, and you don’t have anyone to share your outrage with, never fear.
The university notified students this week of several resources available to them if they feel offended by anything on Halloween, including a “24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center.”
The Gator Times newsletter says:
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.
Students are encouraged to email the U Matter, We Care program, call the 24/7 counselor or report the Halloween-related incident:
[T]he 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.
The school reminded students that its “Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity.”
h/t Mark Perry