We understand that having a festive work environment, especially during the holidays is important to many in our community. We must also be sensitive and respectful to individuals who choose not to participate in these festivities.
The office of Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity, in conjunction with the Diversity Committee offers the following suggestions to individuals and departments planning and displaying holiday decorations to ensure inclusiveness and respect for a wide range of religious and cultural customs all year long. These suggestions are not meant as rules, but as a starting point for cross-cultural dialog.
When planning holiday displays on campus, please consider an inclusive approach to your creativity. Displays that feature exclusively single-themed decorations may be well intentioned, but they can marginalize those who celebrate other religious and cultural beliefs during this season. At festive times, as always, we hope to foster a climate of mutual respect at the College, and one way to show our dedication to valuing human diversity would be to show that dedication in our holiday displays.
Here are some suggestions for inclusive decorations and celebrations:
For advice on keeping decorations inclusive please contact Joel Frater.
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