A former professor at University of Central Florida in Orlando, Vibert White, has sued the university, claiming he suffered discrimination — and ultimately was forced to resign in 2015 — because he is black and Muslim, and because he proposed recruiting more black and Muslim students to the school.

UCF has an Islamic Studies program, which it launched in 2011, and a Middle East Studies program. But White accuses the university of rebuffing him when he tried years earlier to get that program started.

In response to the lawsuit, UCF spokesman Chad Binette pointed out the two academic programs that the school has embraced and that White resigned.

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