Bass Connections

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Bass Connections: Higher Education & the Cost of Opportunity

Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams.

This project team worked collaboratively with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates at the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (IM/UFRRJ) in Novo Iguaçu, a county of 829,000 people in the Baixada region on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to understand social mobility as it relates to higher education in the region.

This Bass Connections project began in 2016, in collaboration with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates at the IM/UFRRJ. The 2017-2018 Bass Connections project team engaged in a targeted field research experience, including a week of interviews with Ministry of Education officials in Brasília. 

Team members participated in collaborative work with Brazilian counterparts, including the opportunity to meet with a delegation of counterparts at the UFRRJ between March 21 and 28, 2017, and a “Cost of Opportunity” conference held on March 27, 2017. The team also collaborated on a short film, "O Custo da Oportunidade," which premiered at the 2017 Latin American Film Festival.