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Group Gives VOICE
to Multiculturalism

Brazil Cultura troupe members perform a dance routine celebrating fishing during VOICE’s Brazil Night June 10, 2020 in Adams Conference Center at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.


A dancer from Brazil Cultura performs while dressed as Carmen Miranda, the flamboyant Portugese-Brazilian singer, dancer and actress.


Brazil Cultura dancers perform a traditional dance in the capoeira style, which combines music, dance and martial arts.


Marcelo Ramos is a Brazilian native who is earning a PhD in animal sciences. He participated in a panel discussion about Brazil and veterinary medicine in Brazil during VOICE’s Brazil night.


One of the dances performed by Brazil Cultura members interpreted how laundry days served as social opportunities for women who would catch up on the events of each other’s lives while taking care of the family’s washing.


The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine’s chapter of the organization VOICE, Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity, celebrated the culture of Brazil on June 10th by converting Adams Conference Center into a Brazilian carnival.

VOICE, which has been in existence at the MU CVM for two years, raises awareness of multiculturalism within the College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary profession. The organization provides assistance in learning to work with culturally diverse clientele and colleagues. The group’s membership totals 53 people, including veterinary medicine students, pre-veterinary medicine students, faculty and staff.

VOICE members have celebrated the cultures of various countries throughout the year. The activities associated with Brazil Month represented the group’s closing events for the current academic year. The evening began with a panel discussion about Brazil, particularly how veterinary medicine is studied and practiced in Brazil. The panel members included students from Brazil, studying in the United States, MU students who have lived and studied in Brazil and faculty members who have spent time lecturing or studying there. Following the panel discussion was a presentation by Daniel Hickey, one of the co-founders of Brazil Cultura, a Kansas City-based organization that educates and entertains audiences about Brazil.

The evening continued with members of Brazil Cultura performing drum music and dances in traditional Brazilian styles, batucada and capoeira, and culminating in the audience joining the dancers in a samba.

The Brazil celebration attracted more than 70 attendees and was sponsored by the Missouri Chapter of Partners of the Americas, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and MU’s Hispanic and Latin American Faculty and Staff Association.


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