Category: Student Views

Lessons from Those Who Make Learning Possible

Entering the classroom for the first time is always challenging, regardless of whether you are a student or an educator. For most instructors in Higher Education in Latin America, that…

An Educational Calamity

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Not long after the first cases of Covid-19 appeared in the news in early 2020, I was preparing to attend Teach For All’s Potential Partner Immersion Training in Nepal. As one of the co-founders…

Resiliency in Uncertainty

As the Covid-19 pandemic raged across the globe, educators and policy makers were put in the position of making difficult decisions based on little information. As a student in Fernando…

Harvard’s Farmland Investments in Brazil

In the Spring of 2021, I came across a group of international researchers and activists who had been investigating Harvard’s farmland investments in Brazil and worldwide. As a member of the…

Learning and Hope in Sinaloa

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Adapting to the challenges of grad school while also working a full-time job and raising children in a pandemic has not been easy. But with great effort comes reward. And by far, the…

Has Brazil Recovered? Wait, Not so Fast…

Every time I opened the newspaper recently, I encountered exciting news about Brazil, my home country. The economy grew 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2021, returning to pre-pandemic…

A Review of Linda Ronstadt’s “Canciones de Mi Padre”

With the help of Spotify’s Discover Weekly, a friend’s recommendation, or some other source I can’t recall, I was introduced to the music of the Stone Poneys early in high school. Though the songs reappeared on playlist after playlist for years, I only learned the name of the woman on the cover — Linda Ronstadt…

The Accordion Experience in Public Spaces

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It was not easy to begin my doctoral program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design when the world is changing at rates that I had never witnessed before. The remote mode gave me the…

The Rock Salt of the Earth

In Maceió, my hometown in Brazil, adding to the Covid-19 crisis, my community has been concerned about how to handle the crisis generated by the rock salt extractive business that so far

Connecting Boston with Latin America

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From the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, our social, academic and cultural gatherings took a 180 degree turn. The conferences we used to go to and the spaces for networking had to

MLAB Mentoring: A Weirdly Nostalgic Experience

As an MLAB mentor, I’ve had the opportunity to engage with Brazilian high school students and help them develop skills that they will hopefully keep using throughout their

The Venezuelan Gold Rush

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Control by armed criminal groups, sexual abuse of women and children, slavery, child labor, mercury poisoning, malaria outbreaks, malnutrition, torture, forced disappearances, forced

El Niño Fidencio: Healing Power of the Afflicted

A few years ago, during my first semester at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), I was shocked when Professor Davíd Carrasco lectured about his research on the transnational Mexican curandero

My Domestic Harvard Enclave

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I’m a first-year student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), yet I’ve never set foot in Cambridge as a student. I’ve been studying remotely from Argentina, and hope my experience

Do Criminal Groups Make or Break Citizens?

Sitting in a café, waiting for my next interviewee to arrive, I take a sip of my latte. I glance around, and everything seems as if normal. If not for the humming backdrop of

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