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The Impacts and Futures of Affirmative Action in the US and Brazil
Tuesday, 21 Mar 2023
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
303 International Center
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
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The Impacts and Futures of Affirmative Action in the US and Brazil

In the US, the future of affirmative action hangs on a Supreme Court decision expected by summer 2023, which could end affirmative action policies, as they have been implemented in the US. In Brazil, where more than half the population identifies as Black, more ambitious affirmative action policies have reserved half the seats in federal universities for low-income students and required the representation of Black and Indigenous students to match their share of the population in each state. These policies have also faced legal and political challenges. However, in 2012, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that class- and race-based quotas were constitutional, and the result of Brazil’s recent presidential election points to renewed government support for affirmative action policies. This symposium will examine comparatively the impacts and possible futures of affirmative action policies in the US and Brazil.


Dana Thompson Dorsey, JD, PhD

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of South Florida

Edilza Sotero, PhD

Department of Education and the Research and Training Program on Race Relations, Culture and Black Identity in Bahia, Federal University of Bahia

Funded by a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion awarded to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Co-sponsors: OISE, The Race in 21st Century America Conference, Chicano/Latino Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, and possibly 5 other units