Guidance on Themed Events
Posted on Oct 1, 2017
Guidance for Halloween and other themed events.
Periodically, student organizations make national news for holding events that are viewed as insensitive and racially biased. These events can result in university and/or Fraternity sanctions or conditions on the chapter, and in some cases the loss of a charter.
You are valued as members of Pi Kappa Alpha. You are part of a proud history and represent the brothers who came before you and you currently serve as role models for new members and your peers.
As members of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, we commit ourselves to uphold the values taught in our Ritual and restated in our Vision, Mission, and Creed. The True Pike is committed to a life of caring for others as he cares for himself. That commitment is to ourselves, our brothers, our Fraternity, and our community.
In consideration of our values, and recognizing that social events are a part of our community life, party themes should be respectful of the race, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender, religion, class, age, and ability status of all. Cultural appropriation (the adoption of some specific elements of one culture for entertainment value) should be avoided. When art, jewelry, dress, etc. are used outside of educational context and without respect to cultural tradition, our values are compromised.
When selecting social event themes, chapter leaders are encouraged to consider the implications of the event name, advertising, dress/costumes, social media, and decorations.
If you have questions, you should engage with your chapter advisor and/or alumni advisory board. Additionally, your chapter consultant, or director of services can provide advice and counsel on these areas and any other situations you may need help with.