Over the last decade, Brazil has seen substantial growth within its industries. According to Raj Echambadi, it depends on the next generation of Brazilian students to make sure their country continues not to grow and flourish. Echambadi is the Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He urged an auditorium of more than 500 Brazilian students to band together to collectively solve the challenges faced by our society. His powerful speech resulted in a discussion for two days about the future of the economy, politics, and public health in Brazil at the 2019 Brazilian Undergraduate Student Conference, held at Northeastern University for the first time.
The conference was hosted by Northeastern University’s Brazilian Student Association. It brought politicians, business executives, and leading educators together from all over Brazil to the Boston campus. It was hosted across several different buildings on the Boston campus and provided a variety of opportunities to connect with different industry leaders and receive advice on the next steps of their career. This was the culmination of a year-long effort by two Northeastern students, Daniel Sneyer and Eric Halpern. Sneyer wanted the breadth of diverse speakers and the networking opportunities at the conference to empower the next generation of Brazilian leaders.
According to Sneyer, Brazil is full of natural resources, amazing companies, and amazing talent. However, most of the time, young Brazilians look out and think that the world is better than them. He believes that all these opportunities in various fields, whether it is in science, politics, technology, can and should happen in Brazil, too. He wants people to understand and realise this. Only then, he believes the next 20 years in Brazil can be transformational.
“The point is to emphasise student engagement. The career fair allows students to go to these interactive workshops that the companies are having, get summer internships, and network”, Sneyers concluded.
Shahjadi Jemim Rahman