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Departmental Undergraduate Group

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is a student-run group focused on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown. All students are welcome to attend and participate in the DUG regardless of concentration.

This year’s DUG leaders are Louis Epstein '19, Daniel Jason ‘19.5 and Jack Morris ‘19. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of the DUG leaders at louis_epstein@brown.edu, jack_morris@brown.edu or daniel_jason@brown.edu

Photo of Louis Epstein Louis Epstein '19 is a senior concentrating in Development Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His mother's decision to migrate to the US from Bogotá, Colombia, led to his interest in Latin America. At Brown, he has focused on food security, human rights, and the broader US-Latin American relationship. He has worked for Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad and the City of Central Falls on issues of food insecurity. During summer 2017, he interned at Innovations for Poverty Action's Manila office, analyzing the effectiveness of government development programs. He has taught ESOL classes to the local community through the Olneyville ESOL program as well as helped run the Food Recovery Network on campus. 
Daniel Jason '19.5 is currently a junior concentrating in History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as well as on the pre-med track. A passionate Conosureño, fueled by time with his grandparents and listening to Chilean Rock & Roll, his studies focus on Chilean health and politics during the Cold War. Throughout his time at Brown, he has expanded his medical and Latin American perspective, while applying his knowledge to Chile. His experiences and pursuits intersect when he interns at the Hospital San Juan de Dios in Santiago, Chile, as he has for the past three summers. However, his interests are widely variable, as he works in various fields, including as an Instructional Design Assistant at the School of Professional Studies, in which he reviews and helps design online courses. During his spare time, you can find him playing the Cajon at various outings, participating in food drives for Food Not Bombs Providence, which aims to provide food for the homeless, and (of course) listening to more Chilean Rock & Roll.
Jack Morris '19 is a senior concentrating in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and International Relations. His academic focuses are public security, policing, and minority inclusion in the urban sphere (specifically within Brazil and the Southern Cone). Jack attributes his upbringing in a predominantly hispanic community in Northern Virginia as the inspiration for his pursuits in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, which was later solidified by his semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during his sophomore year. It was also during his semester abroad in Buenos Aires that Jack traveled to Brazil for the first time. He has since centered his studies at Brown on Portuguese language and Brazilian politics. This includes his honors thesis, for which he will return to Brazil in the summer of 2018 to conduct ethnographic research regarding community responses to the militarization of the police in Rio de Janeiro's favelas. Outside of academia, Jack was a resident of Casa Machado, Brown's Spanish language and culture program housing, as well as the e-board member for social events.