Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Brazilian universities

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

From poverty and going through stints of hunger, chemist Joana D’Arc de Souza did post-doctorate studies at Harvard and has 15 patents registered


Note from BW of Brazil: And one more “hidden figure”! Back in March, I posted a story influenced by the popular American film that asked, “Where are Brazil’s ‘Hidden Figures’?” … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

“This is not a slave house! Get blacks out of University of Campinas!”: More racist graffiti demonstrates discomfort with blacks being “out of their place”


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, here we go again! It should actually come as no surprise that university campuses have become the new symbol of the discomfort of many … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

“I know I look white, but I’m actually black”: Coletivo Negrada denounces 40 cases of fraud in racial quotas at Federal University of Espírito Santo


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another controversy has arisen in the drama that is race relations in Brazil. It involves a topic that has been a regularly covered subject … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 18 Comments