Boiling down an entire culture into a costume is racially insensitive and only further contributes to the marginalization of these groups.
During the Fall 2015 semester, colleges and universities across the country were rocked by student protests addressing racial tensions on campuses. Ithaca College was also affected by these issues, and it is among many other institutions that are now trying to heal their communities while also facing losses in enrollment and retention.
Students protesting the racial climate at Ithaca College are not the only ones finding a collective voice with which to address institutionalized racism. In a tumultuous fall semester, at least 75 other colleges and universities have begun bringing their demands for change to their administrations.
The dichotomy between the Ithaca College administration’s response to an off-campus party and its own speaker panel showed that a “dedication to combating bigotry” only counts when the college does not directly have to deal with the consequences.
Despite Ithaca College’s no-Greek policy, some students are involved in fraternities and sororities that are unaffiliated with the college.
The Office of Public Safety is seeking to bolster its community policing mission by engaging students and other members of the community in an open conversation about campus safety.