Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The Center for Brazilian Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the College of the Built Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle are the proud recipients of one of the more competitive grants offered by the Federal government, the FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) grant. The 4-year grant encourages undergraduate and graduate student exchange to consortium partners in Brazil. The four universities of this bilateral consortium are the following: Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Florida International University in Miami and the University of Washington in Seattle.
The DIVERCITY consortium is developing a comparative program of study that focuses on creating and maintaining sustainable diverse urban communities. The program allows students from the United States and Brazil to become knowledgeable in the area of comparative urban studies while working toward completing their degree at their home country.
Goals and Outcomes
The broader purposes of this multilateral project are to promote a student-centered US-Brazil dimension to education and training in urban studies. It aims to better prepare students to be professionals in their field of expertise by acquiring an international academic profile. Outcomes of this program include language proficiency in Portuguese, a broadened cultural awareness and understanding of Brazil and a deeper understanding of comparative urban studies.
DIVERCITY works towards two specific goals. The first is to promote international mobility among undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in urban studies. Moreover, it strives to improve the quality of human resource development and to better prepare graduate students to work in an increasingly global and integrated world. The program encourages students interested in urban studies students to acquire first-hand international experiences through an academic exchange in Brazil.
The second goal is research focused. The DIVERCITY research agenda is to develop a multilateral database on DIVERCITY in the four cities where the universities are located with a comprehensive national bibliography on the topic for the United States and Brazil. This database and bibliography will be accessible on the web by the end of the four-year project (ending in August 2014).
For more details about the program, please contact:
Chair, Center for Brazilian Studies
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University
redstick at u.washington.edu
Fritz Wagner, Ph.D.
Department of Urban Design and Planning
fwagner at u.washington.edu