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Black Scholars to Watch: Rakim Brooks

January 22nd, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

Brown University senior Rakim Brooks is a Black Scholar to Watch

(Source: Brown University)


Rakim Brooks. When he graduates from Brown University this coming May, Rakim Brooks may have already begun packing his bags for England. Selected this past November as one of the nation’s 32 Rhodes Scholars, Brooks will be spend two post graduate pursuing an M.Phil in comparative social policy at Oxford University.

An Africana studies and philosophy major, Brooks is an academic standout and recipient of an undergraduate Mellon Fellowship. He is currently writing an honors thesis on African American leadership after the Civil Rights movement. His achievements are now, however, limited to the classroom. A Brown University press release describes his achievements outside of the classroom:

He has worked as a writing fellow, a research assistant, and a member of Brown’s Mock Trial Team. He has also chaired the Africana Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group as well as the Academics and Administrative Affairs Committee of the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS). One of four students appointed by UCS to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, Rakim served on that group’s General Education subcommittee. He has also completed internships at the Center for Law and Social Policy and the Brookings Institute. His community service includes tutoring juvenile inmates at the Rhode Island Training School.

Posted by Ajuan Mance

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2 Responses

  1. Clnmike

    Congrats the young man.

  2. Ra

    I’m so proud of my best friend.