Concerned about F2F mandate for Spring 2021?

If you are concerned with the face-to-face mandate for Spring 2021, there are some action items you can take to make your voice heard. 

The letter writing campaign from the Alachua County Coalition can be found here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/uf-covid-19-letter-campaign?source=direct_link&

The petition to UF opposing the F2F mandate: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbSdLfNeDuKQWRATKGdazwkpsTrFH8K3PXTkRpfqklgyb_zw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3MLH9EoPNo-V6rMWXRGa5PbPLTEwOdxHC8P7ZRL5aEQ25MdpbypBBiers

Sign the petition to Gov. Ron DeSantis from: https://www.change.org/p/ron-desantis-demand-gov-ron-desantis-protect-our-colleges-and-universities-stopthedesanity?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_25183571_en-US%3A2&recruiter=1155870185&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Don’t forget you can find lots of good COVID-19 resources at https://www.ufgau.org/covid.html.

Today is the first day for early voting!

Alachua County 2020 Election Early Voting: October 19 at 9am – October 31 at 6pm

Locations:

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office, 515 N. Main St., Suite 100, Gainesville

Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75th St., Gainesville

Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville

Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, 15400 Peggy Road, Alachua

Orange Heights Baptist Church, 16700 NE SR 26, Hawthorne

J. Wayne Reitz Union, 655 Reitz Union Drive, Ground Floor of the Career Connections Center, University of Florida Campus, Gainesville

  • You can look up your voter information here.
  • Information on early voting in Alachua county can be found here.
  • The last day to request to vote by mail is 10/24! You can request it here. Then, track your mail-in ballot here!
  • Want to vote in person, but not sure where to vote? Look it up here!

If you aren’t in Alachua county, you can look up your location voting information here!

FASA Virtual Event

Please join FASA for our Fall Meet and Greet Event! The goal of the event is to connect the whole graduate student body in this virtual/remote time. We especially encourage the first year graduate students to attend so they have a chance to connect with other graduate students, ask questions about the program, and learn about FASA. The event is open to all anthropology graduate students!

This event starts at 5pm EST. on 11/5/2020.

Zoom Link:

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/99764418634?pwd=VmN4Mjlzb0J3aEZMcFcvN0tlNXZLQT09

Password: FASA1

Don’t forget about FASA Elections!

In light of the current situation FASA has extended officer elections. Nominations for all positions are open, however we especially need nominations for PresidentTreasurerCommunications Officer, and Secretary. Descriptions of the responsibilities involved for each position are listed on the first page of the anonymous survey. The nomination period ends September 9th, 2020. Please nominate yourself or another candidate to serve in any of the listed positions for the 2020-2021 school year through this anonymous link https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0e9lr5jepQvyqVf

Statement from FASA concerning #BlackLivesMatter

Statement from the Florida Anthropology Student Association:

First and foremost, we express that Black lives matter, and stand in solidarity with the Black community—especially our Black graduate students. We stand against the acts of police violence, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade (and many others), and excessive force shown by the police and military during the ongoing protests. Furthermore, we stand against racism and oppression—both institutionalized and overt—and are committed to challenging their harmful impacts both in our department and broadly beyond the realm of academia.

As anthropologists, we sit at “the intersection of the multiple approaches to the study of humankind” (UF Anthropology Website 2020). We have made people the focus of our research, and to not engage with these discussions surrounding the detrimental and systemic impact of racism on the human experience is irresponsible and unethical. Anthropology, the social sciences, higher education, and academia as a whole are inherently political. Therefore, we must take make a stand. While academia may simply be viewed as a workplace by some, we cannot ignore that the University of Florida and our department specifically serve as focal points for the production and distribution of knowledge in a field that explicitly focuses on the human experience. Therefore, silence around these issues has lasting implications that only serve to further perpetuate racial disparities in both the Department of Anthropology and the field of anthropology itself.

Furthermore, we recognize that we cannot make a statement without turning a critical lens on ourselves. The very foundations of anthropology—regardless of subdiscipline—are rooted in the colonial project. Anthropology has historically used the tools of the discipline to institute and/or perpetuate the systematic oppression and marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color throughout the world. The methods and theories that continue in our scholarship and literature today were often developed at the expense of Black people, not only within the United States but also beyond our borders. We cannot ignore that biological anthropology has historically “been complicit in producing and reifying racist ideologies via the misuse, falsification, or biased production of scientific information.” (American Association of Physical Anthropology). We cannot ignore that archaeology fundamentally relies on outsiders entering foreign communities in order to play leading roles in knowledge production. We cannot ignore the harmful role of ethnography, the reasons why it was developed, and the ways in which early ethnography continues to harm communities of color today.

It is not enough to make a statement. Equity, inclusion, and diversity are continuous efforts that require concrete, continuous action. FASA asks that our department, and anthropologists broadly, consider the following (non-exhaustive) measures:

  • Conduct a climate survey, with explicit intention of understanding the role of diversity within the UF Department of Anthropology. Specifically, the administration should highlight the makeup of minority voices, particularly Black voices, in the department. The results should be disseminated widely amongst faculty, staff, and students.
  • Disseminate a comprehensive statement addressing the lack of Black faculty in the department, including steps that the department has taken and will take to increase diversity not just in recruitment practices but in hiring practices and retention as well.
  • Outline a comprehensive plan to address structural change within the department itself, independent of diversifying through hiring practices. It is not enough to just bring Black anthropologists to the department if we are not welcoming them into a truly open and inclusive space. To ask them to perform the labor of diversifying the department is not a true movement towards equity and inclusion.
  • Outline a comprehensive plan to increase diversity in recruitment AND retention of non-White graduate students, in particular Black graduate students. Black representation in the graduate student body is not proportionate to the number of Black people in the United States, nor proportional to the number of Black students at UF.
  • Suggest all instructors in the department to restructure their syllabi, with the intention of critically evaluating the extent to which they include non-white authors in their courses and make changes to their syllabus to include more BIPOC in order to elevate their contributions to the discipline.
  • No longer require the GRE as part of the graduate admissions process, with the acknowledgement that the SAT was initially implemented by the Army in the 1910s to identify recruits with “superior mental capabilities.” Its implementation, and the development of subsequent standardized tests have historically kept Black students out of higher education, and continue to perpetuate institutionalized inequality.
  • Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee that includes representatives from the staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduates, and other groups that are part of the UF Anthropology department to advocate for the promotion of diversity.
  • Provide mandatory and recurring diversity and inclusion trainings for all anthropology instructors in the department. This includes giving instructors the resources to be competent mentors to BIPOC studnets and students from other marginalized groups (e.g. First Generation/Low-Income students).
  • Provide a statement and recurring training regarding citations and literature in academia. Citations are inherently political, as they specifically endorse who is allowed to contribute to the production of knowledge in anthropology. Such training would encourage a critical review of best citation practices, and how to use citations as a concrete way to be inclusive when producing academic work.

These actions are far from providing a solution but are some concrete steps that UF Anthropology can take in order to truly demonstrate that they are committed to continued, sustained action and structural change. As FASA represents the UF Anthropology graduate student body, we are willing to work with the department in collaborating on any of the points listed but recognize that these directives can only be executed by the UF Anthropology administration and faculty.

The FASA Board, 2019-2020

FASA Elections 2020-2021

FASA is pleased to announce the elections for officers for the 2020-21 academic year. You may nominate yourself and/or other graduate students in the Department of Anthropology. We will confirm with the nominee that they wish to serve before voting begins. The nominations are anonymous, so be sure to include the first and last names of each person you are nominating. You may provide multiple nominations for each office, and you may nominate the same person for multiple offices. The nomination period will run until 4/10/2020. Voting will begin immediately following our (virtual) General Body Meeting on 4/10/2020, and end on 4/27/2020. You can nominate yourself or a candidate here. The list of offices and their duties per the FASA constitution are listed below:
 
The PRESIDENT will chair General Body Meetings and the Executive Committee, assuming all duties and obligations conducive to the orderly administration of FASA. The President will have voting privileges within the Executive Committee. The President will vote at General Body and Executive Committee meetings only in the case of a tie. The President will also ensure that an Officers Information form and a copy of the Bylaws are filed every fall with Student Government.
 
The VICE-PRESIDENT, in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President. The Vice-President will also act in the role of any other officer unable to attend a FASA event; such officers will coordinate with the Vice-President in advance.
 
The SECRETARY will have charge of all FASA records and correspondence, including a roster of members who are not current graduate students in the Department of Anthropology. The Secretary will ensure that minutes are taken during General Body and Executive Committee meetings and that these be promptly posted and filed. A copy of the current Bylaws and a separate list of all successful motions and resolutions shall be kept by the Secretary.
 
The TREASURER will have charge of all FASA funds, will receive all funds paid to the organization, and will disburse all appropriations. All monies will be kept in a general, non-interest-accruing account. At each General Body Meeting the Treasurer will report on all expenses and disbursements since the previous meeting. The Treasurer and an anthropology department administrator will be signatories on the account. The Treasurer will also cooperate with the Secretary in preparing an annual financial statement to be filed with the Office of Student Affairs in the fall.
 
The COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER will maintain all digital communications including but not limited to social media accounts, webpages, and email accounts associated with FASA.
 
The GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE will attend all monthly GSC meetings to ensure departmental approval for GSC grants and funding.
 
The UNDERGRADUATE MENTORSHIP COORDINATOR will be in charge of organizing all undergraduate mentoring initiatives. These include, but are not limited to, monthly discussion panels (with uFASA) and graduate student advising office hours scheduling.
 
The FACULTY LIAISON will attend all Faculty meetings and be the in-person representative for FASA and the graduate student body at large.
 
The EVENT COMMITTEE CHAIR will lead the coordination of FASA-sponsored events, including social events and fundraisers but excluding the colloquium series. The Event Committee Chair will be responsible for assembling the full Event Committee by recruiting interested active members in the beginning of the fall semester following election as Chair.
 
The COLLOQUIUM COMMITTEE CHAIR will lead the coordination of the FASA colloquium series. The Colloquium Committee Chair will be responsible for assembling the full Colloquium Committee by recruiting interested active members in the beginning of the fall semester following election as Chair.

Sincerely,
Florida Anthropology Student Association