Above: BSA Board Members (L-R) Yoav Amaral, Bruno Stortini, Hablon Barbosa, Gabriela de Araujo and Fernando Schnaidman. Photos by Eva Menezes.
Brazilians like to say that they run into each other in every part of the world, so it’s safe to assume that, with nearly 1500 student organizations at the University of Michigan (U-M), there would be a Brazilian group on campus. And there is. But, after its founding members graduated and left the university about 7 years ago, the Brazilian Student Association (BSA) became inactive for a while. “The people who were organizing it went home and sort of ended the association because there weren’t enough members,” said Fernando Schnaidman, current president of BSA.
Around two years ago, a newly arrived wave of Brazilian students decided to bring the organization back to life. It has been growing since then and now has almost 70 members in its Facebook group [closed to members only]. “Our main role is to be a home for Brazilians,” said Fernando, a junior in industrial and operations engineering at U-M originally from the city of São Paulo. “The other is to promote the Brazilian culture on campus,” he added.
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