Protest Letter Sample

This is a model letter to the Dean of the FAS. Feel free to copy/paste it and send it. You may, of course, alter it to voice your personal opinion, experiences in the EAS department, or anything else you would like to add.

Ideas for your personal letter could include:

-Why you decided to pursue EAS.
-Why you decided to do so at UofT (particularly if you’re an international student).
-Your feelings in regards to the program, the faculty, the knowledge (and it’s quality) you’re acquiring, as well as the learning process as a whole.

Of course, it should be kept in mind at all times that assertiveness is better than aggressiveness. The purpose is not to send inflammatory hate-mail: it’s a formal letter to the Dean, after all, and as upset as we might be regarding this decision, we need to keep the letters as diplomatic as possible.

Important: We would like to resend all letters in the future at once. Don’t let your letter be missed, send a copy to saveeastasianstudies@gmail.com.

If you have any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Meric S. Gertler
Dean, Faculty of Arts And Sciences
100 St. George Street, Room 2005
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
Phone: 416-978-4439
Fax: 416-978-3887
Email: officeofthedean.artsci@utoronto.ca

To Dean Gertler,

I am writing this letter in order to express my concern regarding the Strategic Planning Committee’s proposals for the restructuring of the East Asian Studies department at the University of Toronto. The integration of the EAS languages and literature programs to a new School of Languages and Literatures and consequent transferal of remaining professors to other departments is something I, as a student, am strongly opposed to.

As an undergraduate student in the East Asian Studies program, I have been provided with exciting opportunities for innovative, critical humanities research in Asian culture. I came to the University of Toronto primarily to be part of this department, which focuses on Asian history, society, and culture through broad-based study. Without the department of EAS, I would not be able to study Asian humanities through such fascinating cross-disciplinary, cross-regional, and cross-temporal lenses. To include our discipline in this merger would effectively make these vital aspects of East Asian studies disappear.

Focusing on language as the core of regional study would be a move backwards for the EAS program, and would leave students with a narrower, weaker understanding of the region. Considering Asia’s rise in the economic and political climate of today, it is critical that we are able to fully understand all aspects of Asia, and not just its languages. It is precisely its broad focus on the humanities that has made the EAS program here at the University of Toronto one of the largest and most highly well regarded in all of North America. This is apparent in the large POSt and enrolment numbers, which would amount to about 50% of the proposed School of Languages and Literatures. We therefore question the intellectual rationale behind integrating EAS languages and literatures into this new school, with the dissolution of the remaining department.

I am concerned for the future of Asian humanities study at this university, and hope that students entering this school after me will have the same amazing opportunities that I have had in this program. Your decision will not only negatively affect the future of this university’s prospective and current students, but also be detrimental to the study of East Asia in North America. It is for these reasons that I urge you to reconsider this proposal and preserve the East Asian Studies department at University of Toronto.

Sincerely,

<Insert your name>

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