Petition to Meet with Governor Rick Scott

120 thoughts on “Petition to Meet with Governor Rick Scott”

  1. Maleia Mikesell,
    and thanks so ever much for promising us in high school (2010 graduate) that if we made certain grades and met specified requirements that 75% of our state tuition and 300 in books per semester would be paid for on bright futures and then reneging on that promise. Lying to kids to get something out of them, one of your many slimy corrupt ways.

  2. Jessica Cattelino
    Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCLA
    Author of a Florida-based book, High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty, and scholar bringing outside grant money to South Florida in 2011-12 for research on Everglades-related issues

  3. Elana D. Buch MSW, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Anthropology
    University of Iowa
    Social Science in Practice Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Anthropology

  4. Ava Iuliano, MLIS
    International Relations Librarian
    Florida International University

    Gov. Scott would benefit greatly from having an anthropologist on his staff. Perhaps s/he would be able to point out that promoting education in STEM while criticizing the salaries of professors (the higher paid often being in the medical or hard sciences) is a bit inconsistent.

  5. If we stop and think of a single question to ponder about humanity, we realize all disciplinary roads–philosophy, history, even the hardest of the sciences–lead to the perspectives held in anthropology to answer that question. We and everything we know and do are our own creations, our own organization of experience. How can we come to understand this without anthropology?

  6. Governor Scott needs to hear directly from anthropologists. How can our State’s businesses and industries succeed in the Global markeplace without an understanding of world cultures.

    Dennis Wiedman, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies
    Florida International University

    Past President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
    Past AAA Executive Board Member, Practicing/Professional Seat

  7. Christopher A. Furlow
    President, General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association
    Santa Fe College
    Gainesville, FL

  8. Sandra Weinstein Bever, PhD., applied anthropologist and researcher
    Medical Advisory Board
    The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

  9. Please continue to cherish Florida’s historical legacy and the people who help you to preserve and interpret your state’s fascinating culture history.

  10. Ashley Sewell

    Anthropology undergraduate

    University of Florida

    As others have said, in an increasingly global world anthropologists are more important now then perhaps ever before. I urge the governer to reconsider his statement, and at least have the courtesy to meet with those who participate in representing our multi faceted and flexible field.

  11. Being that the research methods used in anthropology are useful in marketing it would be wise for the governor to reconsider his position. I use the skills I have obtained with my degree daily in my private sector work.


    Robert Pfeiffenberger
    Miami, FL
    Florida International University
    BA sociology/Anthropology

  12. Kimberly A. Couvson-Liebe, Ph.D.
    Senior Researcher/Sociocultural Anthropologist
    Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany

  13. Hello, this is Gregory Brass. I have been involved in a variety of health and mental health related research projects. My current research project is on the social impacts of cancers among the Cree of James Bay in northern Quebec, Canada. Once complete I expect my research will be useful to other Indigenous populations and public health experts when addressing the recent rise of cancers in Native North American communities. Similarly, I am also involved in an international study investigating the factors that support individual and community resilience in Indigenous communities. My anthropological training in ethnographic research and qualitative methods has been critical to my ability to both collect useful data and effectively analyze it. I have worked with other academic researchers, health professionals, and others including family physicians, oncologists, psychiatrists, environmental scientists, public health experts, Indigenous healers, religious and civic leaders, and scores of community members.

    Gregory M. Brass
    Department of Anthropology, McGill University
    855 Sherbrooke St. Ouest, Montreal QC H3A 2T7

    Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR)
    Culture & Mental Health Research Unit
    4333 Cote Ste Catherine Rd, Montreal H3T 1E4

  14. Elise Adams, M.A.
    PhD Candidate
    Department of Anthropology
    Australian National University
    (Graduate of University of Central Florida, BA Anthropology, and long time Florida resident)

    I too have employment in my field.

  15. Anthropology is essential for multicultural education in the age of globalization.

    Mark Frezzo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    University of Mississippi

  16. BA Anthropology Penn State Univ 2010

    … and I have a job after graduating with a degree in Anthropology … imagine that!

  17. BA Anhtropolugy Penn State Univ 2010

    … and I have a job after graduating with a degree in Anthropology … imagine that!

  18. Anthropology, other social sciences and humanities are the foundation of our research institute which, for 25 years has been dedicated to using anthropological knowledge, supported with NIH and other federal and foundation dollars to work with local communities to understand and address critical issues in health, culture and well being. Anthropology’s orientation and research methods create capacity to understand how diverse peoples make sense of the world. This leads to the development of good prevention strategies, responsive and productive businesses, cultural tourism and workable responses to environmental and other crises. Florida’s anthropology programs train the students who endorse these goals that contribute to quality of life in the state and far beyond. They should be supported and endorsed, not reduced and eliminated.

  19. Anthropology is a critical discipline in today’s world. It is critical in at least two ways: it creates and disseminates tools to analyze the human condition, but it also creates and disseminates tools to identify and solve human problems.

  20. Jason Baird Jackson
    Associate Professor of Folklore and American Studies
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Fourth Generation Floridian and University of Florida Graduate
    Son of Two Elderly, Angry Florida Voters

  21. Lee Bloch
    Office of Civic and Community Engagement
    University of Miami

    After graduating with a B.A. in anthropology and gender studies, I now work to identify and promote civic and community engagement. My office develops partnerships with local organizations to address community needs, applying academic pursuits to the enrichment of community and civic life in South Florida. Some of our most active faculty making significant contributions in Miami are in the humanities and social sciences. In part because my own education prepared me to better understand and articulate the nature of society as well as to to work with diverse peoples, it is clear to me that the humanities and social sciences have an invaluable impact on civic life and society in Florida.

  22. Erica M Ruyle
    Wayne State University
    PhD Candidate & Senior Methodologist, New Method and Social Research – Market Strategies International; Portland, OR

  23. Amy Eve
    History Graduate Student, University of West Florida

    The liberal arts are the foundation upon which this country was built. How can we avoid making the same mistakes over and over again without learning about the mistakes of the past and the cultures and societies in which we exist.

  24. Daniel Laracuente
    Anthropology major at USF St.Petersburg campus.
    Was an anthropology major at FSU until I was told I needed choose another major,that is why I came to USF
    Governor Scott, I ask that you strongly reconsider the issue at hand.

  25. The fact that Governor Scott has made such comments attacking Anthropology as an area of study that does not need to be focused on or funded anymore just goes to show how ill-informed some people are when it comes to this specific discipline. It is up to us as students, teachers, and workers to educate Governor Scott and the rest of Americans about what Anthropology is and how it can be used or applied in the real world.

    Kristel Crame
    University of South Florida
    Anthropology Undergraduate

  26. Rachael Tackett
    Undergraduate Student in Anthropology
    University of South Florida

    Anthropology needs to connect with STEM fields. We need to make Anthropology relevant to undergraduate students and give them job skills. Anthropology students need applied courses in STEM fields and people in STEM fields need some people stills i.e. applied Anthropology.

  27. Indeed!

    Angela VandenBroek
    M.A. Anthropology

    Gov. Rick Scott — I am an anthropologist and I use my anthropology to create intuitive and culturally meaningful websites in my position as webmaster of a community college and as a freelance designer. My anthropology is the T in STEM.

  28. Chanda Briggs

    I am graduating senior from UCLA’s anthropology department and someone who grew up and still has family and friends in Florida. The importance of social sciences to the business and population of Florida is something I don’t believe should be taken lightly. In a state that has seen incredible shifts in demographics for decades, is home to international and seasonal inhabitants, attracts domestic and international businesses and is in close proximity to island nations, what could be more informative to policy than sound, thorough research? This is not to mention the historical wealth of Florida’s coasts and keys. It would be a shame if valuable data and arfifacts were overlooked due to a shortage of social science investment in such a beautiful state rich in its culture, history, people and potential.

  29. I urge you to reconsider your statement. Given our increasingly complex and interconnect world and the vast array of seemingly insurmountable problems we face,all approaches to making sense of the world should be embraced and encouraged.

  30. Madison Huber-Smith, MA
    Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
    Johnson County Community College

    I teach students every day how to understand and work with different groups of people. These students may be engineers, doctors, scientists, or many other professions, and because of anthropology, they’ll be able to successfully work with people who are different from themselves.

  31. Jason Wenzel, M.A.
    Anthropology Ph.D. student
    University of Florida

    Adjunct Professor
    Valencia College
    Brevard Community College

    Field/Lab Director & Chapter Representative
    Central Florida Anthropological Society

  32. [excerpt from a letter written to Governor Scott for class] As an Anthropology student I am writing this to inform you of the importance of our field. The world is run on the social sciences and you can find us in anything from Political science, forensic science, economists, archaeology, linguistics, and much more. Unlike politicians we are here to help promote understanding, not just to make money.
    Anthropology is one of the most holistic disciplines in the world. Without us your foreign policies wouldn’t exist. As said by you “The big losers: Programs like psychology and anthropology…” the ones that are not “vital interests to the state” are the ones that make the balance and understanding of people today possible. Anthropologists work as mediators between different cultures, without them the international relationships and understanding we have would be little to nothing. High business men have to be trained by anthropologists on how to behave when they go to meetings in other countries. Without that training the business men you send in hope to acquire some sort of out of the nation support could insult them and ruin your entire company by accident. The ways that people across the world live doesn’t just come naturally to a visitor. It is very ethnocentrically biased of you to think that looking into diplomatic workings in other countries, and working to understand them so that we can all better communicate, is not important.

  33. I am a student of Anthropology, and I am currently studying in Alabama. I had plans to transfer to Florida, but I am reconsidering my decision.
    Anthropology is the holistic study of human kind. It’s scope shows us where we came from and hopefully where we’re going. Please take a look at all of the important work that anthropologist do before directing funds elsewhere.

    – Robert A. Giles
    Student of Anthropology

    1. Anthropology is a critical discipline in today’s world. It is critical in at least two ways: it creates and disseminates tools to analyze the human condition, but it also creates and disseminates tools to identify and solve human problems.

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