On July 11, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs heard a presentation on affirmative action in Brazil led by Alex Souza. Alex Souza is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work and Social Policy at State University of Londrina (Universidade Estadual de Londrina, UEL) and a visiting researcher at Howard University in Washington D.C. He provided an overview of the history of affirmative action and compared affirmative action policies in Brazil and the United States as well as across the world. Brazilian affirmative action policies exist to repair and prevent social injustices based on race, gender, and ethnicity. Souza also discussed affirmative action in other countries such as South Africa and India and then took questions from COHA interns. Souza’s remarks were conducted in Portuguese and translated by Aline Piva, Headof COHA’s Brazil Unit.
A full recording of the presentation can be found here