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Io B.

Tour Guide at Clark University

Class of 2019

Hometown: New York City, NY

ibrooks@clarku.edu

Major: Sociology

Secondary Major: Geography


What's your favorite thing to do in Worcester?

I can't choose just one! I've loved getting to know Worcester, by hiking and exploring its many parks, taking free yoga classes in University Park, going to DIY concerts in one of the many cooperatives around the city, eating at Loving Hut and going out for coffee at Birch Tree, thrifting at Grime and Savers, spending a day at the Worcester Art Museum (which is free for Clarkies!), swimming in Lake Quinsigamond, and - of course - stuffing myself on french toast at Miss Worcester's Diner.

What is your most meaningful place on campus?

I love the calm of Kasperson library, one of Clark's several off-campus libraries. A converted Victorian, Kasperson has tons of nooks and crannies filled with geography books, maps, comfy chairs, and plants. Whenever I start to feel like there's a lot on my plate, I like to study in the calm (and greenery!) of Kasperson.

What's your favorite class at Clark?

One of the best classes I've taken at Clark was the Sociology of Punishment. The class was only 10 students and met at 9 am, so each week we rotated bringing breakfast to share -- at the end of the semester, the professor had the whole seminar over for dinner at her house! I loved the class material, but especially appreciated the intellectual community the professor fostered.

What are you currently working on?

Over the past few months I've been conducting research for my honors thesis in Geography. For my project, which is on mobilities within the criminal justice system, I've been interviewing people who have been incarcerated, lawyers, activists, and advocates about the experience of moving between prisons. It has been amazing to get on-the-ground research experience, especially in the social sciences.

I'm passionate about...

Coffee Reading! Music Human Rights Critical Theory Academia Zumba Crafting Gardening Social Justice

I'm involved with...

Petey Greene Prison Tutoring Program Student Undergraduate Research Journal Peer Adviser Herban Gardeners Beekeepers of Clark University Book Club
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