Charles Underwood is an anthropologist who has conducted field research in Brazil, India, Scotland, and the United States. He coordinated the Linguistic Minority Project during its initial years from 1984-88, as well as the Black Student Eligibility Task Force and the Latino Eligibility Task Force from 1988-1994. He has directed several statewide University of California initiatives promoting innovative uses of digital media resources for K-16 teaching and learning. From 1996 to 2020, when he retired, he directed University-Community Links (UC Links), a UC multi-campus initiative that engages university faculty and students with underserved K-12 young people and their families in after-school programs at schools and community-based organizations throughout California. During this time, he also worked closely with colleagues running out-of-school programs for children living and working on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. From 2005 to 2008, he was active in collaborative relief efforts providing educational resources for young people and their families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Also a classical scholar, he recently translated The Odyssey and authored Mythos and Voice: Displacement, Learning and Agency in Odysseus’ World. He has taught anthropology at Golden Gate University, the Universidade de Sao Paulo, and the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the socio-cultural context of learning in educational settings in Brazil and the California, on social displacement, learning, and social agency, and on inter-institutional collaboration as a sociocultural process. He continues to work with UC Links and with university and community educators throughout the world to address shared concerns related to social exclusion and educational inequity across linguistic, cultural, institutional, and geographical boundaries.   

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