Thursday, August 14, 2014

Petition to Chancellor Wise From Latino/a and Chicana/o Studies Scholars

Dear Chancellor Phyllis Wise:
We are faculty in Chicana/o and Latino/a departments and programs across the nation. We write to express our outrage with your recent decision to prevent Steven Salaita from assuming his appointment to the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Revoking Dr. Salaita’s already accepted offer because of his twitter statements about recent events in Gaza is a flagrant violation of academic freedom and an affront to our colleagues in American Indian Studies. As Chicano/a and Latina/o Studies scholars, we have fought for our space in the academy and we see this administrative decision to deny Salaita's hire as an encroachment on faculty self-governance and our collective ability to define the terms and futures of our specific fields of study.
Until such time as the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign decides to allow Dr. Salaita to take the position he was offered and accepted we will not participate in any events on your campus including attending academic conferences, lectures, or visits. 

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Instructions: Please use the comments section to add your name and affiliation. This petition is specifically for faculty who do work in the fields of Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies, regardless of your department affiliation. We will only submit names that have listed affiliations. 

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