THE BRAZILIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT USF
The Brazilian Student Association, commonly known as BRASA is a worldwide non-profit student organization with chapters in more than 70 universities and more than 5 countries. The common goal of every chapter is to empower the next generation of leaders for a better Brazil.
BRASA at USF is one of the largest and most important chapters in the United States; being founded and coordinated by students from the University of South Florida. Check out our corporate video!
Our mission is to support the USF Brazilian student community with university resources, student involvement, growth and leadership opportunities.
Aiming at helping Global BRASA achieve their goals, we developed our own goals and they are:
1) To help Brazilians interested in coming to USF with application process through our social media channels, promoting campus tours, talking about life in the US and Tampa and assisting with additional doubts from incoming students through our partnership with the Office of International Admissions.
2) To engage and help current Brazilians at USF with events and all resources the University offers, in order to make their college life the best experience ever.
3) To provide personal, academic and professional development opportunities through networking and social events, panels and community service for all students at USF.
4) To promote our culture at USF.
To become Florida's reference organization for the social, academic and professional development of the Brazilian student community at USF.
Our team is 100% student-focused. We believe that to achieve all our goals, our members must never forget about the PHACIL values:
Our biggest role is to help others. Our Corporate Social Responsibility is focused on bringing awareness and create change the following areas:
- Community Development: We create impact and change local and home-based communities through volunteering and fundraising services.
- Women In Leadership: We support our women with leadership opportunities and support the organizational diversity wave.
- Healthy Lifestyle: We do our best to support and provide our students with a balanced healthy college lifestyle.
Corporate Social Responsibility
How we began
"Renan Passador and I came up with the idea of creating a Brazilian organization at the University of South Florida in my first semester in 2015 to serve as a facilitator to the Brazilian students at USF. We saw the opportunity, since there were more than forty Brazilians in that time; and we took advantage of the situation. We had three goals in mind for the organization: to help the Brazilians academically, to serve as bridge in their careers, and to spread Brazilian culture throughout the USF campus.
Academically, today BRASA helps more than one hundred students since the admission admission process until they graduate. Through our social media we help incoming students answering questions about the university and its surroundings, we post information about opportunities offered by the university, such as clubs, classes, fairs, and everything which we think might be interesting for our members. Thus, we make sure they are being well supported. s As an example, we created videos about getting drivers license to make sure they have a great experience during their student life.
Career wise: we take our students to global conferences and career fairs held in important universities of the United States and Brazil to help them in their career paths. We use social media to share information about career fairs and career opportunities. The goal is to expose them to networking.
Brazilian culture: we participate in many on campus events related to international culture exposing Brazilian culture and bringing our awareness in the campus. We are partners with Portuguese classes, promoting events to help those who are interested in Portuguese.
Therefore, we use what is available to us to accomplish our goals and our mission to help the Brazilian community at USF."
- Felipe Guell, Co-Founder and former President of BRASA at USF