We’re A Culture, Not a Costume


N.C. State University and the Center for Student Engagement, Ethics, & Public Service’s Leaders for Change have launched a visual campaign to help eliminate culturally appropriative Halloween costumes. The “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign focuses on the issue of cultural appropriation characterized by Halloween costumes, practices, and celebrations. The overarching goal of this campaign is to raise awareness around cultural insensitivity and to create a more inclusive campus culture at N.C. State.

Traditionally, Halloweens allows for students to step outside of their daily identities and become something we want to be, something we are not, something we fear, or something that we love. Through this campaign, we want to encourage the Wolfpack community to be mindful and critical of their choices as they participate in this holiday.

As we launch this campaign, we are thrilled about the potential opportunity to collaborate with various offices from across the university. As administration and students, we recognize that our individual voices are valuable, but our collective voices are impactful. And, it is through our collective impact that we believe sustainable change can occur. We are committed to making N.C. State University a more inclusive environment, and have chosen to unite in this effort during the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information on the campaign and cultural appropriation, check out these websites:


This campaign is a product of the Leaders for Change intern program at CSLEPS.

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