Grad Profile: Gifty Brisbane '14

Gifty Brisbane '14 is a Beantown grad and alum of many years, and also participated in the Summer Leadership Program for the first time in 2014 and again as an Emerging Leader in 2016. Her Community Action Project was on the prison industrial complex, and held an action targeting the American Correctional Association's Conference at Hynes Convention Center in August. Gifty is a first-year at Northeastern University this fall.  

What is your favorite memory of The City School?
My internship this summer was probably the most interesting and testing experience. One of my favorite moments was the bonding that took place in each given environment. Seminar; internship; mornings; lunch, everything.

How have you changed because of your first summer of SLP? 
A lot has changed after my first summer of SLP. I was able to leave and grow then come and give back to the community. I enjoyed the challenges this summer.

  

How have you continued your commitment to social justice beyond the Summer Leadership Program?
I've joined the NBSA (Northeastern's Black Student Association), which deals with race, gender, and socioeconomic issues that Northeastern black students endure. It's open to improvement and offices so I might join and bring what I learned at SLP to them.
 
If you could have coffee with one social justice activist, who would it be and why?

Nelson Mandela! I've watched so many documentaries and have been told of the struggles that I just want to experience it through him. I know it's totally insensitive to how it might impact him but I believe learning from the past helps bring forth the future.