Wesleyan Tips on Avoiding Offensive Costumes

October 13, 2015

Wesleyan University's Office of Student Affairs is hoping to help students avoid distasteful costumes this Halloween by posting signs around campus that feature a cultural sensitivity checklist to determine if a costume is offensive. It encourages students to ask themselves whether their costumes mock cultural or religious symbols, attempt to represent an entire culture or ethnicity, or trivialize human suffering, oppression and marginalization.

"Unsure if your costume might be offensive?" the sign asks, listing the contact information for various offices and organizations on campus. "Don't be scared to ask questions."

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