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Cynthia Brito

Graduate Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Cynthia Brito is a graduate student of the Department of Urban Planning and Policy. Cynthia’s research examines how cities manage crises using a framework of racial capitalism. Cynthia also examines the opportunities and challenges mutualism and mutual aid strategies bring for 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, immigrant justice, LGBTQIA+, and police violence. Cynthia was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Predoc Fellowship and was selected to participate in the Crossroads Fund's Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership program. Before beginning her studies, she earned her Master’s in Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC.