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Category Archives: Brazilian universities

In Bahia, 76.3% of the population defines itself as black brown or mixed, but 79% of professors at the Federal University of Bahia are white


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! Now, if it’s hard to find black professors at the federal university located in a state with one of the largest black population, imagine … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · 3 Comments

“When I said that I was a professor, she asked, ‘Professor of African Studies, right'”: Blacks don’t have to speak only about race’, argues physics professor


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece is not exactly a follow up, but the subject of the post was presented to our readers several months ago with the arrival … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

“The games were never a comfortable space for black people”: At Rio university law student games, bananas thrown at black students while others mimic monkeys


Note from BW of Brazil: You know it’s funny, there are probably hundreds of thousands of people who visit Brazil every year and never hear about this side of Brazil. … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Blacks in colleges and universities almost triples in Brazil in 10 years; number of students in higher education increases but majority is still white and rich


Note from BW of Brazil: When you see reports such as this one it just reminds you of just how invisible black students really were on college and university campuses … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Still seen as being ‘out of place’ by many in Brazilian society, black students face the racism of professors and colleagues in universities


Note from BW of Brazil: The presence of black bodies on college and university campuses nowadays is far more than what one would have observed just two decades ago. Affirmative … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Photo of black college students wearing graduation gowns goes viral; image shows that even after nearly two decades of quotas, graduations remain mostly white


Note from BW of Brazil: Images such as these featured here today are reasons for why the issue of quotas and affirmative action policies have been so important over the past … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

“To be black inside the university is to do double to be recognized”: From professors doubting your ability, to needing to work, to a feeling of not belonging, the college realm often eliminates the black student


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s not hard to tell. We’ve covered how the education system in Brazil can be particularly cruel, exclusionary and difficult for the black student. Of … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 2 Comments