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Latino Daily News

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Florida Professor Opposed to Negative Latino Stereotypes Loses Job

Dr. Nancy Rudner Lugo is fightng for her academic professional career saying that ther term at the University of Central Florida abruptly ended when she refused to use a textbook with negative Latino stereotypes.

Dr. Lugo alleged that she was disinvited to teacher at the University in 2008 when she complained and then refused to use the “Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care” textbook in her classes.  She was opposed to language that described “Mexicans use alcohol to make them emotionally and socially extroverted” and went on to describe Cubans as “being overweight seen as positive, healthy, and sexually attractive.”

Dr. Lugo has now filed a complaint against the school in federal court and is seeking damages.  As far as the textbook is concerns the author, Larry Purnell, advocates its benefits as a teaching tool.