Viterbo University campaign encourages everyone to ‘not mess up when you dress up’



LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The slogan of a Viterbo University campaign encourages students and community members to “not mess up when you dress up” for Halloween.

The campaign, created by the Identities Project, asks people to put some thought into their Halloween costume and make sure they’re not mocking anyone’s culture, religion, condition or disability.

School leaders say everyone can have more fun when people aren’t causing harm with insensitive costumes.

“We will see folks as Native Americans, [they] might have blackface, things like that,” says Student Engagement Coordinator Hannah Amann. “Those are things that are really harmful that we want to stay away from this Halloween, and every Halloween going forward.”

The Identities Project is a faculty committee with a goal of talking about how to welcome all identities and make the campus a safe and inviting place.

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