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Growing up, 德里克-布朗 witnessed disparities caused by economic and racial barriers. Now he’s committed to finding solutions for some of America’s very real problems.

德里克·布朗站在外面.

宾夕法尼亚州的石榴谷(Garnet Valley)位于西南25英里处,与费城市中心有天壤之别.

德里克-布朗 长期横跨两个世界. He grew up comfortably in Garnet Valley, 有一流的公立学校, high home values and extremely low violent crime rates. He went to a predominately white high school and didn’t have a teacher who was Black, 长得像他的人, 直到他上大学.

Brown also knew inner-city Philadelphia well. All of his mother’s family is from there. 他去那里的教堂. 他童年和青少年时期的每个周末都在那里和石榴谷之间往返.

“My parents made no attempt to sugarcoat the situations I was experiencing,”布朗说, a junior at UNC kenan - flagler商学院. “他们直言不讳地谈到了我成长的社区和我所在的费城社区以及我的家人生活的差异, 那里的人长得像我.

“I remember my mom telling me, ‘We are the exception. This is not how it is for everybody.’’’

That made sense to Brown, who grew up wondering why nobody in his classes looked like him.

“I felt slightly off to the side a little bit,” he says. “You can’t really put your finger on it, but it’s definitely present. You know there’s this stark difference between you and everyone else. There is disparity wherever you look.”

这种差距继续扩大. It’s what’s driving Brown’s business studies and career goals.

“在北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校,我可以看到我的梦想和愿景变成现实,”他说.

“这正是我想做的.”

At UNC Kenan-Flagler it all began to click.

His parents’ commitment to giving back had always inspired Brown. 高中时,他发起了一场外套募捐活动,收集了650多件衣服,为癌症研究筹集资金.

这种帮助他人的动力让他来到美高梅平台下载学习经济学和公共政策. 在这里,他, 第一次, substantive conversations with people his age about racial, economic and educational inequalities.

布朗很快就找到了利用商业来解决他最热衷的社会问题的方法. 在北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校,他遇到了 吉姆。约翰逊威廉·R. 该小. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and 创业 and director of the 城市投资策略中心.

mgm集团美高梅进行了一次对话,他使用了‘创业解决方案’这个词来谈论减轻农村和城市社区的贫困问题. It was the perfect way to say it,”布朗说. “I said to myself that’s exactly what I want to do.”

他正在这么做. 布朗是一个 该学者 在北卡罗来纳大学教堂山的 Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. 该研究所以创新的商业解决方案和鲜明的企业家精神来解决经济问题.

该学者s like Brown aren’t just spectacular students. They are driven to use business for the public good.

Brown is majoring in both business and public policy, 结合了他在北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校开发的关键技术技能——基础设施建设, 企业在私营和公共伙伴关系中的作用——加深对社会问题的理解,并制定切实可行的解决方案.

“I feel called between the intersections of business and social change, especially in the context of inner-city living and communities of color,”布朗说. “在北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校,从来没有人说我不应该这么做. Never once have I felt steered in a different direction. 我从未感到没有人支持过我.”

不仅仅是一份工作

布朗是一个lso exploring business solutions for poverty outside of his business studies.

他是全国仅有的13名学生被选中参加负责任公民协会(IRC) 2022年夏季实习项目之一. 举办时间超过两个夏天, the rigorous program brings together Black male college students to live, study and attend professional development workshops, learning from an array of private- and public-sector leaders.

“能有这么多我可以交谈并渴望成为的人,这非常重要,”布朗说. “你被放在和其他黑人学生一样的位置上,在个人和职业上都得到成长和发展,这样你就可以成为其他黑人学生的有影响力的领导者.”

一切始于一个电话. Brown got the opportunity to chat with William Keyes, IRC president in Washington, D.C. 凯斯获得了博士学位.D. in communication studies from Carolina and later served on the UNC Board of Trustees. He also is on the board of directors of the NC Study Center, a Christian ministry fellowship space at UNC-教堂山分校 where 布朗是一个ctive.

They didn’t talk about the IRC program. 而不是, 他们讨论了在mgm集团美高梅促进多样性的方法,以及在一所以白人为主的大学里作为黑人男性的经历. 他们谈到了北mgm集团美高梅州东部的农村贫困问题,在那里两人都有家人.

这是布朗最期待的项目的一个重要部分:简单地谈论在美国作为黑人的真实感受,以及影响这种体验的经济和宪法原则. Those are in-depth conversations that Brown never had the chance to have, especially when everyone in the room is a Black male.

北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒分校和凯南学者承认并支持一些最优秀、最聪明的非裔美国人, 他们中的许多人需要导师的指导, 负责任公民研究所提供的联系和社交机会以及获得社会资本的途径,” Kim Allen, 该学者s program director. “比如凯南学者项目, IRC培养致力于更大公共利益的未来领导人.”

对艾伦, 布朗大学还代表了一群现代商科学生,他们认为自己未来的职业不仅仅是一份工作.

他说:“我相信,他将成为年轻一代的一员,为边缘化社区面临的复杂问题提供高影响力的创业解决方案,”阿伦说. “Our job is to produce leaders who’ll change the world for the better.”

把它做成某种东西

There’s more on Brown’s plate this summer. 在华盛顿参加IRC项目和他的凯南学者公共部门实习经历期间, Brown will be a lending intern for the National Housing Trust, 让他进一步探索了城市的衰败以及经济适用房在房地产开发中的力量和目的.

“How do we impact inner-city communities that are being gentrified? 你如何帮助那些被赶出他们自记事以来一直居住的社区的黑人居民?”布朗说. “你如何创造负担得起的住房,既不是最低的,也不只是为了让人们适应一种不理想的生活方式?”

Brown is eager to address issues besetting other cities he has recently visited, 比如旧金山和拉斯维加斯. 但他表示,他很有可能会回到费城,在那里,布朗小时候看到的种族和经济障碍只会加强.

“北卡罗来纳大学凯南-弗拉格勒和凯南学者给了我工具和技能来完善我的愿景,使其具体化,”布朗说. “把它做成某种东西.”