Confirmed victory
Petitioning Chair, UCLA Academic Senate Ann Karagozian and 9 others
This petition was delivered to:
Chair, UCLA Academic Senate
Ann Karagozian
Executive Director, UCLA Media Relations
Carol Stogsdill
Executive Officer, UCLA Office of the Chancellor
David Miller
Interim Vice Provost, UCLA International Studies
Randal Johnson
Analyst, UCLA Academic Senate
Kyle Cunningham
Vice Provost, UCLA Graduate Education
Claudia Mitchell-Kernan
Chair, Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction
Christopher Colwell
Member, Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction
Linda Bourque
Member, Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction
Antoinette Gomes
Academic Senate Staff Contact
John Leary

Save UCLA's Islamic Studies Program

UCLA has hosted a world-class program in Islamic studies for fifty years--exactly what one would think the American public would need in a time of increasingly heated discussion about such topics as Sharia law and Islam. Yet regents are attempting to quietly shutter this pioneering program as it is poised to become a crucial center education and information crucial to Los Angeles, California, and the country. Why would the administration make such a decision?

The usual answer would be to blame such a decision on a lack of funds, however, UCLA’s Islamic Studies actually brings in millions of dollars in government grant despite spending only $130,000 a year on its faculty. Other humanities’ departments program are able to benefit from Islamic Studies’ presence on campus, as they hire Islamic Studies grad students to TA popular courses such as intro to Islam, Arabic, Turkish, and Persian. Internationally-known scholars of Islam and the Middle East have earned their PhDs in Islamic Studies from UCLA, and members of its faculty have consulted with the State Department on matters concerning American-Islamic relations and interfaith outreach. Graduates of the program, particularly those who speak Middle Eastern and South Asian languages, are uniquely positioned to find jobs in public service, business, consulting, academia, and tech.

Tell UCLA decision-makers that you are in support of students' demands to:

1. Re-open admissions to the UCLA Islamic Studies graduate program by Winter of 2011; 

2. Offer courses on Islam to graduate students with the eventual goal of creating an undergraduate program in Islamic Studies;

3. Provide TAships, RAships, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships to students of Islamic Studies Program;

4. Operate with transparency and accountability when making decisions that will impact the long-term viability of the program. 

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Letter to
Chair, UCLA Academic Senate Ann Karagozian
Executive Director, UCLA Media Relations Carol Stogsdill
Executive Officer, UCLA Office of the Chancellor David Miller
and 7 others
Interim Vice Provost, UCLA International Studies Randal Johnson
Analyst, UCLA Academic Senate Kyle Cunningham
Vice Provost, UCLA Graduate Education Claudia Mitchell-Kernan
Chair, Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction Christopher Colwell
Member, Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction Linda Bourque
Member, Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction Antoinette Gomes
Academic Senate Staff Contact John Leary
UCLA has hosted a world-class program in Islamic studies for fifty years--exactly what the American public needs in a time of increasingly heated discussion about such topics as Sharia law and Islam.

Although faculty decision-makers announced in late 2010 that they expected the program to re-open as early as January 2011, as of March the Islamic Studies program is still closed, held up in the Committee on Rules & Jurisdiction (R&J). Meanwhile, Islamophobia in this country continues to be a threat. A recent anti-Muslim rally in Southern California - just miles from UCLA - included violent threats against Muslims and was attended by two U.S. members of Congress.

I ask you to please:

1. Re-open admissions to the UCLA Islamic Studies graduate program by Winter of 2011;

2. Offer courses on Islam to graduate students with the eventual goal of creating an undergraduate program in Islamic Studies;

3. Provide TAships, RAships, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships to students of Islamic Studies Program;

4. Operate with transparency and accountability when making decisions that will impact the long-term viability of the program.