Syed Raza is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
My goal is to study the work of Portuguese speaking learning theorists like Paulo Freire, in the hopes of bringing in more equity to institutional education systems in Pakistan, my native country. I believe that educational equity is the answer to global security and economic growth – structures that benefit the world over. I believe that the future of the developing world is one where intellectual and critical knowledge is shared amongst peoples who share the common language of being underprivileged. Developing nations need to look at each other as role models and inspiration instead of in terms of their past colonizers. FLAS has given me a grand opportunity to create connections and build upon ideas that have not been fully constructed before.