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Clovetta CallenderClovetta Callender is an undergraduate student from College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.

This past spring, I had the privilege to participate in the “Higher Education in Brazil” education abroad program sponsored by the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). My time in Brazil was life-changing. In addition to serving as my first time on an airplane, this trip gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a culture that had strong historical ties to my own, while forming lasting friendships and memories.

Prior to traveling to Brazil, my classmates and I attended several pre-departure meetings which introduced us to the Afro-Brazilian culture as well as the educational facilities in the country. Before applying for this trip, I was unaware of the racial makeup of Brazil nor the African roots and beliefs deeply engraved in the culture.

Clara Ramos, served as our host while in Brazil. Throughout our stay we had the opportunity to witness the true diversity of the country by staying in beautiful hotels, and dining in traditional restaurants while in Salvador, in addition to exploring the communities and neighborhoods where the majority of Afro-Brazilians reside. On our second day in the country, we attended DeVry University (Area 1) and were given the opportunity to interact with the students. During this time, we were given a first-hand account of their culture as well as many of the students’ educational goals. Over the course of our stay, we visited multiple educational facilities including the Engineering and Technology Institute, Escola Aberta (a community school for the youth) and Steve Biko’s College Preparatory Program for Afro-Brazilian students.

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BRASCON 2018

The Brazilian Graduate Students and Scholars Conference (BRASCON) promotes activities to enable integration, communication and professional development for the Brazilian scientific community. This year BRASCON will take place June 23 - 24 at The Ohio State University.

Registration is available online.

Confirmed speakers include:

José Pires, Excellence & Innovation (E&I) leader, Andeavor Corporation; Duilia de Mello, vice provost, The Catholic University of America; Joana D'arc Felix de Souza, associate professor and coordinator, State Technical School Professor Carmelino Correa Jr.; Ulisses Mello, director of research, IBM Brazil; Marcio Resende, associate professor, University of Florida.

 

Pathways to Collaboraion

On April 14 - 15, Ohio State faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of government, non-profits, arts organizations and the private sector gathered for presentations, discussions and panels related to the launch of the book, “Pathways to Collaboration at the STEAM Factory.”

The book discusses how we can build a collaborative future in an age of specialization and compartmentalization and what strategies and tactics work to build cooperative teams. In 52 chapters over two volumes, the diverse authors of Pathways to Collaboration explore these questions and more through personal stories of bottling the elusive lightning of collaboration.

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