The University of Minnesota recently condemned and apologized for a Mexican-themed “Galactic Fiesta” party, which included students dressed in sombreros and ponchos.
The school's Goldy Gopher mascot also attended the student-planned event that featured glow-in-the-dark bowling on the St. Paul campus.
Eden Torres of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University told the Minnesota Daily that students and faculty members have voiced objection over the party.
“I was just really surprised and appalled at what had happened at this event,” added student Susana Murillo.
In response to the outcry, Campus Reform reports that University of Minnesota Vice Provost and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young emailed students and faculty to condemn the party.
“While the student planners of the event were unaware of the impact it might have on our broader University community, we have taken this opportunity to educate them about stereotypes, disrespectful appropriations, and the political complexities of representation," wrote Young.
“I want to especially extend an apology to members of our Chicano and Latino communities,” added Young. “We can do better. We must do better.”
However, some students don't see how the party caused controversy.
“As long as they are doing it in a fun manner, and not doing it to mock a culture or ethnicity, I don’t really see what the issue is,” student Alexzandra Enger told Campus Reform.