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Fisher’s Global Business Association (GBA) held its first Global Applied Projects (GAP) Summit on March 29 at Gerlach Hall. The GAP program is arguably the largest contingency of MBA students in the State of Ohio that engage internationally on consulting projects. In May 2019, 71 MBA students will travel to eight countries including all three Global Gateway locations. They will engage in projects involving biofuel proof-of-concept in Brazil, regional economic development in China and defense research in India, to name a few.

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Marla Goins is PhD candidate in the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology.

From August to December, 2018, I was an exchange student with the Department of Education at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. My semester in São Paulo was filled with experiences that changed my outlook on my research and on life. During that time, I collected my dissertation data, which is on black Brazilian women’s afro hair activism, and the impact of that activism on education. I interviewed activists and women who were studying to become teachers on what afro hair means to their identities, on their experiences with afro hair discrimination in schools and in society at large, and on why it is important for them to teach others to embrace afro hair. I learned from my participants that afro-hair activism to them is both antiracist and black-empowering.

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BusinessPanel webThe Global Gateways teamed up to host a panel discussion on “Doing Business in Emerging Countries” at the Columbus campus on March 20. Centered around how multinationals, entrepreneurs and investors can go about identifying opportunities and responding to new challenges while conducting business in emerging markets, the panelists outlined the unique challenges and approaches to business in emerging markets stemming from their own professional experiences while working in China, India and Brazil. The dialogue enabled engaging students and faculty on approaches to develop cross-cultural strategies when partnering with international stakeholders, navigating government relations, identifying local opportunities and addressing risks.

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