FAIRNESS & JUSTICE
Cornell William Brooks reflects on the Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice
Professor of Practice Cornell William Brooks leads Harvard Kennedy School’s William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, which he calls a think-and-do tank for Harvard students committed to learning skills of social justice advocacy and rigorous applied research. Named for an early-20th-century civil rights pioneer, African American newspaper editor, and distinguished Harvard graduate, the Trotter Collaborative runs a host of activities, including conferences and a field course that allows Harvard students to work with social justice–oriented governments and organizations across the United States. Brooks, who previously served as president of the NAACP, describes the work of the Trotter Collaborative in this conversation. The collaborative, which Brooks founded in 2018, is housed in the School’s Center for Public Leadership.