Costumes and Cultural Appropriation

Costumes and Cultural Appropriation

What’s the big deal with being culturally sensitive at Halloween? For years, people have donned sombreros, headdresses, and tribal getup. Why not? Regardless of Halloween hi-jinks, the world kept spinning in November. However, wearing culturally insensitive costumes reinforces ideologies that as a community, especially here at Dickinson, we are working to correct. No matter how…

Women-of-color matter: Notes on contribution and representation at Dickinson

Women-of-color matter: Notes on contribution and representation at Dickinson

“Have you cited a woman of color today?” My colleague and friend Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor, English, Ohio State University regularly posts this question on social media as a directive to other writers, thinkers and thought leaders. Her request is not racial or gender cheerleading. Rather, her query responds directly to the underrepresentation of female…