As event organizers, you are actively contributing to the media that is present on our campus. We know the profound impact that media has on how we interpret, understand, and learn about ourselves and the world around us. The words, images, and mediums you use to promote and market your event to the community have a significant impact on how your event is perceived by members of the community and thus the inclusivity of the event.
Images or themes that may seem harmless to your organizing team could have a negative impact on certain groups of people on our campus. It can be easy to say "It doesn't mean anything!" But remember, we come to understand our world and the people around us primarily through the media, and the underlying messages in the media always mean something, even if we're not aware of them right away.
Before designing marketing and promotions material, it may be helpful to review the resources below developed by UBC Centre for Accessibility. If you are unsure whether a certain image of theme has a negative connotation or history associated with it, doing some research or seeking out support from university resources is a good approach.