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Cynthia Brito

Graduate Research Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Cynthia Brito is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy. Her research involves examining the strategies that community organizing offers Black and Latinx urban youth to survive and thrive in a moment of heightened racial unrest and how this creates an opportunity for making urban planning processes more inclusive. Also, how youth formulate spatial problems, organize themselves spatially both physically and virtually, establish organizations and implement their agenda. Her research builds on literature on the topics of community self-determination, youth organizing, urban governance and policy formation and implementation.

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.