University of Louisville apologizes after president, staffers pose in Mexican costumes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The University of Louisville has apologized after a photo surfaced showing President James Ramsey among a group of staffers at a Halloween party dressed in stereotypical Mexican costumes.

They wore bushy mustaches and sombreros, and rattled maracas as they posed for the photo.

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Kathleen Smith is Ramsey’s chief of staff. She issued a statement Thursday saying the university has “deep regret” over the incident and pledged to work with the campus community on diversity and racial equality.

University spokesman John R. Karman said the photo was taken Wednesday afternoon, at an annual Halloween luncheon for Ramsey and members of his staff at a mansion owned by the university. Ramsey is seen smiling and leaning on a porch railing, wearing a sombrero and a rainbow-striped poncho trimmed in fringe.