N.C. State University takes steps to avoid future dining controversy

Students commented on a recent Cinco de Mayo event and felt it was offensive.

RALEIGH, N.C.—After a Cinco de Mayo event sparked controversy regarding racial insensitivity, University Dining has decided to involve more students in the planning and coordinating of future events, according to Jennifer Gilmore, director of marketing and communication for Campus Enterprises.

Tracey Ray, assistant vice provost for student diversity in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, said there have been a few meetings since the event, including one between University Dining and students.

At the meeting, students were asked to reflect on their perception of University Dining’s Cinco de Mayo event, what they felt was offensive and the steps University Dining should take toward successfully hosting Hispanic- or Latino-based cultural events.

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