Global opportunities abound with the opening of the Brazil Gateway in São Paulo, Brazil. On September 13, a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated the occasion with Ohio State leadership, alumni, global partners and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman on hand to celebrate Ohio State's presence in one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. The Brazil Gateway will serve as a catalyst to enhance global opportunities for Ohio State students and faculty. With Global Gateway offices also in Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India, Ohio State continues to consider opportunities for expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and Europe.
Provost Joseph Steinmetz called the opening of the Brazil Gateway a "momentus step forward for the university. The Gateway is a true partnership with broad engagement from 14 colleges.... Without a doubt, this outpouring of support has allowed Ohio State to advance our core academic mission around the globe. It will be an embassy for the university in Brazil - a critical hub for Ohio State in the 21st century."
Learn more about initiatives on diaspora engagement and development when Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brings the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State on Wednesday, October 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the U.S. Bank and Conference Center in the Ohio Union.
O’Brien will present a keynote address and moderate a panel discussion with those at Ohio State and the central Ohio community who have been involved in diaspora initiatives.
Kevin Passino, professor in the College of Engineering, will discuss his involvement in service learning programs with students in Guatemala and Honduras and will provide insight into the important role that engineering plays in developing communities. Hannah Bonacci, a graduate student, will share her passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and women in Western Africa, her work with service learning programs to Ghana and how she helped found, The Akumanyi Foundation. to help fund development projects. Barbara Pratzner, executive director of Columbus Sister Cities International, will provide insight into the capital city's growing international interests and the importance of community involvement.
Registration to attend the event is recommended.