Ask yourself this question: Does this represent me and the values of my org?
We've all heard enough public apologies to know exactly what to expect when someone steps to the podium after a public scandal. The first line is always, "these actions don't represent me/my character/my organization/etc." You have time to think about your actions. If they don't represent your values and will put you and your organization in a negative light, don't do it! You signed up to be a leader on your campus, embrace the responsibility that comes along with that. Don't volunteer to take that L .
Not using culture as a costume is not about being politically correct or having a sense of humor. If people are offended by the stereotypical images of their culture being used as a parody or joke, it's not about hyper sensitivity. It's much bigger than that. How populations or cultures are viewed and treated has been a hot button topic for at least 150 years. If you can't see the issue, your perspective maybe skewed by your privilege. A good way to think about it is this way, would you be comfortable wearing the costume in a room full of strangers (knowing all those strangers represent or support the group you're misrepresenting)?
If you didn't know, there is a national conversation going on about race, religion, ethnicity, and seal orientation/gender identification. It's important that we understand the current cultural climate of our campus, community, and country. I always encourage students to have dialogue about subjects that broaden their perspective, I'm just not sure wearing culturally based Halloween costume is the most effective way to start that dialogue. Plus, we all have that one person in our group that Snaps EVERYTHING!! All it takes is one ill-timed Snap to turn your life upside down. You have enough to worry about (gpa, events, deadlines, graduation, repaying student loans after graduation) to jeopardize your collegiate experience with a costume marginalizing a culture or population.
Be Smart. Be Honest. Be Aware. Have a great time!!!
p.s. Send all snickers and Reese's cups to me cause they're nasty and I don't want you to suffer.