Jun 3, 2022

Students and faculty awarded grants with Brazil-related projects

Professors Lucia Costigan, Isis Barra-Costa, Pedro Pereira and Pamela Spinosa de los Monteros were awarded an Arts and Humanities Dean’s Discretionary Grant worth $3,000 for their projects in collaboration with community leaders, such as Kessia Cericola – Moritz College of Law alumna and attorney at Cericola LLC – and Lawrance Ujiie – manager at the Brazilian Grill and Bakery.

The Brazilian Community Children’s Mini-Library project will connect a dispersed diaspora community around their identified goal of promoting Portuguese language education and literacy for children. The Brazil Gateway, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Languages, Literatures and Culture also support the project.

Michele Saraiva Carilo, coordinator of Ohio State’s Portuguese Language Program, received a Virtual Exchange Global Teaching and Learning Grant from the Office of International Affairs, Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning and Office of Technology and Digital Innovation. With this grant, Carilo will design, organize and deliver an 8-week online course that will offer theoretical, pedagogical and intercultural background related to Brazil to Ohio State students pursuing a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

A total of 31 International Research and Scholarship Grants co-sponsored by the Global Gateways, the Office of International Affairs and Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge were awarded. Four Ohio State graduate students and faculty members with projects related to Brazil were awarded:

  • Julian M. Baldemira, “Breaking Imperial Showcases: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance in the Human Zoos of Nineteenth Century Latin America”
  • Ayodeji Olugbuyiro, “Afro-Brazilians in Lagos: Cultural Resilience at the Crossroads of Identities”
  • Steven Rhue, “Acknowledging the Unheard: Documenting Children’s Experiences and Perceptions of Water Insecurity in the Urban Amazon of Brazil”
  • Stephanie Fannin, “Effects of Infant Growth Perception on Maternal Complementary Feeding Decisions in the Urban Amazon”