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Dia de los Muertos Altar Signage (11/02/22 and 11/04/22)


Dia de los Muertos Altar Signage (11/02/22 and 11/04/22)

What happened:

Two handwritten notes were left on a Dia de los Muertos altar in an undergraduate residence hall. The first note appeared on November 2, stating, “This is pure idolatry. Exodus 32: 4-6.” After that note was removed, a second appeared on November 4 that stated “Still idolatry ok.” Residential student leaders noticed the notes, documented, and then removed them.

This is especially harmful as it was done during Dia de los Muertos, a cultural-religious tradition for many Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and other Latiné communities. Furthermore, any form of religious bias that shows intolerance to certain rituals and practices of others is unacceptable. 

What is being done:

Updated as of 11/07/22

A residential student leader submitted a protected identity harm report and Student Affairs staff members have reached out to them and the affected residences.

Residential Education and El Centro Chicano y Latino are working to connect with impacted students and offer support. 

While there is no material damage to the altar, we see this as a form of bias that is inconsistent with university values.

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