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Natália Nunes, PhD candidate at the University of São Paulo’s Institute for International Relations is currently a visiting scholar at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a semester.

I strongly believe that the way we are received and treated defines the experience in place. I was extremely well received, and most importantly, welcomed here.

I found professional, spiritual, personal support—I found friends and love. All clichés can be applied as to how time flies and to how you want to stay and go at the same time.

The simplest things, like watching the seasons change, were the most special. I am still evaluating the many levels of learning, including about myself, but for now: thanks to those involved.”

The Brazil Gateway team launched a series of webinars to take place this spring and summer on a variety of topics. Webinars will happen every week on Wednesdays, at 12 p.m. EST.

“These webinars are not only a great opportunity to share information and research, but also to engage Ohio State’s students, staff, faculty, alumni and partners during this time of physical distancing,” said Jane K. Aparecido, Brazil Gateway director.

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In light of current restrictions on large public gatherings, The Ohio State University hosted a historical virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3. Approximately 13,000 degrees and certificates were awarded to the class of 2020.

While President Michael V. Drake, Vice Provost Bruce McPheron and other university officials were at the stadium, speaker Tim Cook, Apple chief executive officer, joined virtually. Buckeyes around the country and the globe heard these speeches from home surrounded by family and close friends. In his speech, Cook encouraged graduates to “build a better future than the one you thought was certain."

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We are proud to introduce the new Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) leadership at Ohio State (2020-2021). We also want to thank former president, Luana Lamberti, who will focus on her PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and former treasurer, Vanessa Hart, as she graduates from her undergraduate program in communications.

Giovanna Tavares Decenzi served as vice president (2019-2020) and will step up into the role of president. She began her studies at Kent State University, where she was the vice president and president of the International Student Council and International Women’s Group, respectively. She was also the event coordinator of the Brazilian Organization at Kent State. Last year, she transferred to Ohio State and is studying marketing with a minor in organizational performance. Decenzi is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega on campus.

Luiza Souza Corrêa will serve as vice-president. She is currently pursuing a graduate
degree in the Department of Design. She has been very active within BRASA since
she joined the university, participating in and organizing events and meetings,
and helping recruit new members. She is interested in visual communication
and photography.

Sophia Lenhart, a second-year undergraduate Portuguese major, will serve as treasurer. She spent the spring semester of 2019 at the University of Campinas, studying Portuguese and environmental science. She plans to continue to a graduate program in law, wanting to focus on immigration rights and environmental policy.



Ohio State is conducting a study on the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Students and faculty are invited to participate and help benefit the university’s Margaret Herlan Busch Student Assistance Fund.

The survey, available at go.osu.edu/covidsurvey, is a joint effort by the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Student Academic Success, the Center for the Study of Student Life and the Office of International Affairs. It is open now through May 15.

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