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GSG Public lecture: Affirmative action for Brazilian graduate programs: patterns of institutional change

When:Tu 15-02-2022 14:00 - 15:00
Where:Online
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Affirmative action for Brazilian graduate programs: patterns of institutional change

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Inequality in higher education worldwide involves several aspects, such as gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic differences, and other aspects. Countries like India, the United States, and Brazil started to adopt affirmative action policies to increase diversity and benefit groups subject to discrimination in their societies. The literature widely discusses affirmative action in undergraduate education, its justifications, benefits, and policy types, but recently graduate education and diversity in science also became an issue. Graduate courses of Brazilian public universities are adopting affirmative action in their admission processes since 2002. Drawing on data from almost 3,000 academic graduate programs (masters and doctorates) of public universities, Anna Carolina Venturini's research points to a significant diffusion of the policy in the past five years. The first part of the presentation will focus on affirmative action in higher education and the leading models in different countries. Subsequently, Venturini will present an overview of the policies' for graduate schools in Brazil and the changes that affirmative action generates in the student admission processes.

Speaker Bio:
Anna Venturini
is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning – CEBRAP‘s International Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Program (IPP). She received a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies – IESP of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) in 2019. In 2017 she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University and is currently a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Sciences Po. Her research interests lie at the intersections of affirmative action and public policies, race, ethnicity, gender, and institutional change. She uses mixed methods, including primary surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews.