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Forum: Overcoming Intolerance and Exclusion at UCF



 

UFF-UCF, your faculty union, presents a forum:

Overcoming Intolerance and Exclusion at UCF

Time and Location: April 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Teaching Academy 117, University of Central Florida

Moderator: Yovanna Pineda, History Department, CAH.

Panelists include: John Fauth, Biology Department, COS; Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Anthropology Department, COS; Fon Gordon, History Department, CAH; Barry Mauer, English Department, CAH.

The United Faculty of Florida is hosting a forum to discuss ways of promoting diversity and equality on campus. We need this discussion, given that UCF exists within a broader history and culture of white supremacy and white privilege with its attendant intolerance, intimidation, exclusion, and, at times, elimination.

Though UCF publicly promotes diversity, inclusion, internationalization, and a safe environment for faculty, students, and staff, recent events at UCF—a “White Student Union,” anti-Semitic stickers, and hateful political discourse—create a hostile environment.

UFF wants to ensure a safe environment for everyone. But how can we uphold the highest standards of fairness, justice, and equality at UCF when it exists within a broader environment that is largely hostile?

This forum aims to

  • Place the recent acts of intolerance and exclusion at UCF in historical and cultural context,
  • Promote diversity and equality throughout UCF, including within our own union,
  • Support victimized communities,
  • Build a local movement to combat intolerance and exclusion,
  • Hold UCF accountable when it does not live up to its highest principles.

Our forum will address the following questions:

  1. How can we best recount our own experiences with intolerance and exclusion at UCF? If we benefit from white privilege or acts of intolerance, exclusion, and domination, how can we learn from these experiences and challenge the beliefs and social structures that lead to these outcomes?
  2. What can we do to promote diversity and equality at UCF in the face of growing attacks on the dignity of people here and across the country?
  3. How do we hold our own institution accountable for providing a safe environment for all?
  4. How do we confront the ignorance and intolerance of members of our own faculty and student community, some of whom believe in and act upon the hate speech they hear on talk radio, see on racist websites, and watch on TV?

UFF is in this fight for the long haul, not for just this political season!

For more information about this program or to RSVP, please contact Yovanna Pineda: ypineda@msn.com