Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Departmental Undergraduate Group

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is run by students in the Middle East Studies program who wish to build community both inside and outside of the concentration. The DUG aims to highlight the undergraduate-oriented nature of the department, and encourage the expansion of the concentration within related fields.

All students are welcome to attend and participate in the DUG regardless of concentration.

This year’s DUG leaders are Daniel Jason ‘19.5, Jack Morris ‘19, and in the spring semester Jazmin Piche '19 will be joining. 

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

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.
Jazmin I. Piche '19 is a junior concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies + Science and Society. Growing up her parents would scold her if they caught Jazmin and her younger brother speaking only English, an action she is now grateful for. She also grew up listening to nothing but old romantic Spanish songs on the radio and the belief that Vicks Vaporub could cure anything. Her interests include women’s sexual rights, indigenous people’s rights, and learning more about Central America and her family's roots. She hopes to study abroad in Latin America before she graduates. Outside of academics Jazmin is a member of Brown's Varsity Fencing Team, works with Christina Paxson as a Presidential Host, is Co-Coordinator of the Sidney Frank Scholars Association, and now part of the newly formed Central American United Students Association (CAUSA), a club that aims to bring more awareness about Central American issues and culture.