The University of Missouri has created ‘inclusive’ event guidelines for students which ask organizers to consider having “a counselor present” for “triggering events” and avoid “exclusionary” colors in promotional material.
The guidelines, which are broken up into six sections of “who, when, where, why, what, [and] how,” offer students a check-list of sorts for “how to think inclusively when planning an event.” The guidelines list questions organizers should ask themselves to make sure a planned event is “inclusive.”
“If my event is potentially triggering, have I consulted with someone from the counseling center or have a counselor present?” one question asks. Another urges students to consider whether “a ‘safe’ or ‘brave’ space” is necessary for the event.
The guidelines also focus on advertising for potential events, asking students to be “conscious of the colors and how they can be exclusionary or stereotypical.” It also suggests that organizers should be aware of the language used in advertisements as it “can potentially be bias [sic].”
“Am I conscious of not tokenizing individuals, but still working to actively reflect your program/initiative?” the guidelines remind students to ask themselves.
The guidelines also attempt to ensure that decorations used at events “aren’t culturally appropriative or misrepresenting to other cultures” by “doing my research on a culture I am attempting to appreciate.”
According to the university, “bars, churches, temples, etc. may not feel exclusive, but may be perceived as such by some.” It also advises that students should consider “having Kosher food, Halal food, or periods of fasting,” when they think about refreshments in order to stay inclusive.
The long list, which can be found here, is apparently “not an end all be all checklist for inclusion.”
The footnote of the checklist states: “If it is brought to your attention that this event or the planning of the event offends or has offended someone, be sure to apologize, commit to doing better next time, and take it as an opportunity to learn and grow.”
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