Olá! I am originally from Brazil and I am excited to be part of the HASTAC scholar 2014-2015 cohort. I’m a Doctoral Candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University and a member of the Duke21C collective. I received my M.S. in Communication also from NC State and a B.A. in journalism from Sao Paulo State University. I worked as a journalist before deciding to follow the academic track, and this experience has made me familiar with radio, television, and web production. I am currently interested in issues related to digital cultures and learning.
My interest in pedagogy and education emerged before my work as a graduate student in the United States. In 2004, I helped create a non-profit organization in Brazil in collaboration with other undergraduate and graduate students from countries such as Brazil, Germany, France, and Canada. The project focused on providing after class tutoring to children from a slum community in Sao Paulo. Inspired by Paulo Freire's ideas, its long-term goal was to create a network of diverse non-profit organizations and make the slum residents the future managers of our initiative. Even though the project did not focus on the use of technology, now I see digital tools as fundamental to foster these types of networks. For this reason, I am currently studying the Peer-to-Peer University and their Learning Circles project.