Brooklyn, New York
Cornell University '20 B.S. Development Sociology
Even before enrolling at Cornell University, Brown Master of Public Affairs (MPA) student Lizbeth Lucero was interested in issues of poverty, equity and education. "Cornell's Development Sociology major incorporated courses on comparative social inequalities, international development, population dynamics and social science methods," said Lucero. "The major allowed me the flexibility to triple-minor in education, public policy, and law and society."
Having graduated during the pandemic, Lucero said, "I didn't necessarily want to attend graduate school right away, especially in a remote world. Instead, I wanted work experience in the policy space before deciding on a graduate program."
Through post-college networking, Lucero connected with Ariana Zukergood, a Cornell alumna and 2020 Brown MPA graduate. Zukergood invited Lucero to join a weekly forecasting group of recent Cornell graduates and then-current Watson MPA students. "During our weekly meetings, I was immensely impressed with the Brown MPA students' critical thinking techniques and their ability to make evidence-based forecasting predictions," said Lucero. "The more I looked into Watson's MPA program, the more I could envision myself there."
When applying to Brown's MPA program, Lucero appreciated the one-year program model and, although initially anxious about the quantitative analysis-focused summer sequence, she recognized its importance to making good, informed policy decisions. "This semester, I'm reminded that complex problems don't have one definitive answer; public policy is tremendously complicated," she said.