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Preserve the Korean and Vietnamese Language Programs at UF!!

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Due to the budget crisis, UF and its administrations are making sacrifices that are going to impact all aspects of the university. As proposed by President Machen and his Board of Trustees, one specific cut is the removal of the Korean and Vietnamese Language Programs. Though all the departments are affected, the African and Asian Language and Lit (AALL) Dept. faces the most consequences, comprising 35% of the university\'s entire layoff of faculty. This includes 6 faculty, all of whom is minority and 5 of whom are women. Considering these numbers, it is doubtful whether the university is truly committed to cultural diversity and equality. It is unjust for the minorities to suffer from losing the programs they worked vigorously hard to obtain. For example, it took the Vietnamese community 10 years of labor and endurance for language classes to finally be implemented in the curriculum. To lose these language classes would cause a lack of quality in UF\'s academics especially for those who comprehensively major in Asian Studies. Furthermore the removal of these classes would lessen the variety and this lower the standards for those who are required to take a year of language specifically in CLAS. To cease the existing product of the Korean and Vietnamese


This petition was created on behalf of the Asian community, students interested in internationalization or East Asian Language, and especially those who anticipate to take an East Asian Language course in the future. Mainly, the petition hopes to target an audience participating in the politics at UF and seeking effective change.
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