Support Hmoob Existence at University of Wisconsin La Crosse
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We, the Hmoob students of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, demand that our voices be heard and our expectations be met.
Because the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse stands with “diversity, equity, and inclusion”, it is unfair that MLG 204 & MLG 304 are subjected to the university's minimum course enrollment policies and should not compromise academic integrity. Students refused to enroll in MLG 304 for Spring 2017 because it was offered through distance learning with an in-equivalent course and did not abide by the academic integrity standards of UWL.
We demand our Hmoob language courses be preserved and offered with academic integrity regardless of student enrollment.
Because the disrespect toward Hmoob elders, the invalidation and silencing of Hmoob student voices, and the slandering of a member of our community who has dedicated the last 15 years to Hmoob language instruction on campus, Dr. Bee Lo, was pinned through email as the cause of the course cancellation of MLG 304. This was unprofessional, unnecessary, and hurtful to the Hmoob community and demonstrated the University’s lack of commitment to the Hmoob students and the community.
We demand a formal apology given to Dr. Bee, to the Hmoob students, and to the Hmoob community for the damages done.
Because we were told to get used to being uncomfortable, we were disenfranchised as students, our experiences thus far were demeaning and unbearable. Our voices have been silenced and is in our best interest to partake in the development of Hmoob Studies.
We demand transparency in the development of the Hmoob studies curriculum to include representation of Hmoob students and the Hmoob community.
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