The Federal University of São Carlos is recognized for its academic excellence and social commitment. It was one of the first universities in Brazil to implement affirmative action and undergraduate student retention policies. It is a leader in the providing indigenous people with access to higher education. And it is now starting its affirmative action policy in graduate studies.The Pluralizar Program, coordinated by Anton Castro Miguez, will help to improve the process of democratizing access for and retention of students from underrepresented groups in the field of research.
The Pluralizar Program aims to encourage and stimulate students who enter higher education through affirmative action policies to participate in research projects in a variety of fields. These policies have opened the doors of higher education to underrepresented social groups in universities for almost two decades. However, little has been done to ensure that these students can participate in all the opportunities that Brazilian universities have to offer, such as cutting-edge research.
The Pluralizar Program provides research grants and undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students from underrepresented groups in fields with an identified lack of diversity.