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Category: Discovery & Impact, Student Experience

Title: National Urban Fellow Cecil Brooks Jr. looks to break cycles of poverty

Author: Emma Francois
Date Published: January 9, 2023

I already feel like this opportunity is bringing me full circle.

Cecil Brooks Jr.

“I learned so much and got to meet amazing people,” he said. Brooks even got to meet a long-lost cousin who is now a leading indigenous activist for women’s rights in a country with one of the highest rates of homicide against women.

He arrived at the McCourt School through the National Urban Fellows Program which, Brooks explained, scouts emerging leaders from underrepresented communities across the country to bring “fresh minds to the public world.” He’s looking forward to learning from his classmates, delving into theories of economic development and, in his spare time, exploring DC’s creative arts scene.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Brooks. “I’m still trying to figure out what the future entails, whether I’ll stay in government and how hyperlocal I want to remain, but I’m open to exploration. I already feel like this opportunity is bringing me full circle.”

Learn more about the National Urban Fellows Program and how to apply here.