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U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan Access to Education


Historically Black College and University (HBCU) & Brazilian Universities Exchanges

The alliance between HBCUs and Brazil is part of a commitment to cooperation under the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan signed in March 2008 and affirmed by President Obama and Brazilian President Rousseff. The initiative targets racial and ethnic discrimination, establishing a Historically Black College and University network, a short-term exchange program, and programs to target racism and human rights through education in the U.S. and Brazil.

Xavier University and Zumbi dos Palmares Exchange

Xavier University and Universidade da Cidadania Zumbi dos Palmares (Unipalmares) Exchange in an effort to strengthen linkages between Brazilian universities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States, initial funding was provided for a two-week exchange consisting of two students and one faculty member from the Universidade da Cidadania Zumbi dos Palmares (Unipalmares) and Xavier University. The goal of promoting these linkages is to increase opportunities for information exchange on promoting racial equality and fighting discrimination in the two countries, along with promoting increased educational opportunities for Afro-descendent youth.


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