17th Class, 2010-2011
Field Placement: Philadelphia GROW Project/ Witnesses to Hunger (Philadelphia, PA)
Brian worked with community leaders to develop a survival guide for low-income Philadelphia residents that helped make housing resources and government services more accessible and transparent. He conducted a comprehensive review of city housing services, incorporating interviews with low-income residents, service providers, government officials, and other stakeholders.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Use Your Power Survival Guide is a resource guide that provides low-income users of housing services in Philadelphia with tools to navigate the system. The guide relies heavily on the knowledge and strategies of women with personal experience with Philadelphia social services.
Policy Placement: National Coalition for the Homeless (Washington, DC)
Brian worked with the Homeless Civil Rights project to update the 2010 Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Report. He also conducted public education and outreach through the Speaker’s Bureau and crafted a policy brief on legislation to address hate crimes against the homeless.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Brian is a 2010 honors graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a dual degree in sociology and political science with a minor in criminal justice. At Morehouse, Brian was an Adams Scholar, founded “My Brother’s Keeper,” a mentorship program for homeless youth, and served as the President of the Morehouse Sociological Association. Brian is dedicated to finding a sustainable solution to homelessness and has worked at several local Atlanta homeless shelters. He also studied abroad in Ghana, focusing on sustainability and development.