Fifteen Indiana University students will spend spring break in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as part of the second annual overseas study program sponsored by the Division of Labor Studies.
Students from the IU Kokomo and IU Northwest campuses will participate in a 10-day educational exchange hosted by the Metalworkers Federation of Brazil.
They will visit factories and steel plants as well as meet with union workers and leaders. Students will study the Brazilian labor movement, its organizational history and structure, and the history of the Workers Party.
IU Northwest Professor of Labor Studies Ruth Needleman, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Labor Studies William Mello, from IU Kokomo, will lead the trip.
Mello is Brazilian and fluent in Portuguese and Needleman is fluent in Spanish and will assist in translations.
Both visited Brazil this past summer as special guests of the Brazilian Federation of Labor at the World Forum on Education. According to Needleman, they began work on this exchange in March 2004 when Marino Vani and Maristela Barbero, assistant director of education for the National Labor Federation, CUT, came to Gary for an International Conference on Building Learning Communities at IU Northwest.
The seven IU Northwest students heading to Brazil are:
Patricia Lane of Chesterton. Lane is a graduate student in Labor Studies and a retired steelworker.
Gregory Garcia of Valparaiso. Garcia is an undergraduate student in Labor Studies and works at US Steel.
Alice Dujmovich of Valparaiso. Dujmovich is an undergraduate student in Labor Studies and works at US Steel.
Lillie Taylor of Gary. Taylor is an undergraduate student in Labor Studies and works at US Steel.
Pamela Witt of Portage. Witt is an undergraduate student in Labor Studies and works for the School City of Hobart and is a member of SEIU.
Thomas Bell of Valparaiso. Bell is an undergraduate student in Labor Studies and works at US Steel Sheet and Tin, USWA Local 1066.
For more information, please contact Ruth Needleman at (219) 980-6835.