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Brazil Program

An EPIC Advantage Program

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Earlhamites study urban violence, affirmative action in BrazilEarlhamites spent three weeks in the summer of 2018 studying race relations in Brazil as part of a new, funded international travel experiences available to students through the EPIC initiative.

“It was a very eye-opening experience for me,” says Paloma Collazo-Vargas ’19. “Growing up in a bilingual Latino household, I always viewed Brazilians as progressive when it came to issues related to race. What I learned was that there was such a huge disparity between blacks and whites. Afro Brazilians make up a huge percentage of the population and they don’t live in the nice cities. They don’t live in the downtown. They don’t have the same access to education, just like in the United States.”

In Brazil, the group of eight Earlham students explored three cities — Brasília, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro — with professor Cássio Muniz, a visiting professor on Earlham’s faculty in politics. The group studied topics ranging from urban violence to affirmative action and met with local leaders and key influencers in Afro Brazilian communities.

“We had a very diverse group of students from different majors, different backgrounds, even different countries, which added to the experience of navigating a new country and culture,” Muniz says. “Many of the students were traveling outside of the United States for the first time.”

Testimonials

“We had a very diverse group of students from different majors, different backgrounds, even different countries, which added to the experience of navigating a new country and culture. Many of the students were traveling outside of the United States for the first time.”

— Cássio Muniz, visiting assistant professor of politics

"I learned that a lot more needs to be done in terms of ameliorating the country's infrastructures for racial equality, especially with president-elect Jair Bolsonaro and his fascist ideologies coming to power. We need new strategies to hold previous colonial powers responsible for instigating such a racial divide, but we can't stop there! There needs to be a systematic acknowledgement of black identities within a Brazilian framework, and an overall dismantlement of the white patriarchy within the country. On another note, Cássio was extremely organized and easy to talk to. One of the best programs I ever attended while at Earlham!”

— Ro Vieira ’18

“I would recommend the Brazil program to anyone who wants to mix academic with social exploration, and anyone who sees themselves going into international governmental work or non-profit work. This opportunity was priceless and I cannot thank Cassio enough for everything he did for us; it was unforgettable."

 — Sandra Kluivers ’18

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What Will Your EPIC Journey Be?

EPIC is how Earlham provides students with an exceptional liberal arts experience. This four-year journey combines the academic major with transformative learning experiences, including research, study abroad, internships, and leadership development, to prepare students exceptionally well for life beyond Earlham.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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