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Cynthia Brito

Graduate Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Cynthia Brito is a 6th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy. Cynthia’s research examines how practices of the informal economy like mutual aid and co-ops allow Black and Latinx communities to survive and thrive in an era of multi-scalar crisis. She is a community organizer in areas of racial justice, abolition, and immigration. She serves as the advisor to the Revolutionary Youth Action League (ROYAL) a community organization of BIPOC youth working on issues of racial justice, LGBTQIA+, and police violence.

Cynthia originates from a working-class, first-generation Mexican family that settled in Uptown, Chicago. She now resides in Oak Park with her two teen daughters, Jocelyn and Marlene, two sons Remy and Santi, husband Mario, and cat Ohtli. She enjoys biking, camping, playing soccer, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She continues to work on various issues including immigration, education, reproductive justice, and youth issues.