UO faculty member wore blackface at Halloween party

The University of Oregon said the party took place off campus

FILE -- Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)
FILE -- Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A University of Oregon faculty member of the school of law wore blackface at a Halloween party attended by both faculty members and students earlier this week.

The University of Oregon said the party took place off campus and occurred outside the faculty member’s official duties.

With that said, university officials called the use of blackface a “stupid act” and said it was “in no way defensible.”

The professor has since apologized and “expressed concern about its potential impact on members of the community.”

In response to such an action, the University of Oregon’s Division of Equity and Inclusion created an African American workshop and lecture series to help increase understanding. Implicit bias training is now required for all faculty searches, and in the winter new training on micro-aggressions will be offered, officials said.

The University of Oregon released the following statement on the incident:

Bigotry and racism have no place in our society or at the UO. Providing a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment for all is one of the university’s top priorities. We have been working for more than a year with our students to further these objectives. This incident makes us even more determined to ensure that no member of the UO community feels isolated or alienated on this campus as a result of intentional or unintentional racist behavior.

To read the full response from university officials, click here.