We are a youth-oriented research center focused on understanding The Bronx as a contested, complex urban form, and addressing narratives of marginalized - Black, Brown, Female, and Low-Income communities.

The Think Tank at The Thinkubator, launched by Dr. Lessie Branch, Associate Professor of Business at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) serves as a hub for rigorous academic, scholarly, and professional research that supports the documentation and evaluation of The Thinkubator activities and seeks to understand the Bronx as a contested urban form. ​

The Think Tank provides the following activities:

  • Produce Policy Briefs and Reports
  • Conduct Research and Analysis
  • Evaluate and Measure The Thinkubator programs and activities
  • Host meetings, seminars, and public forums to elevate voices
  • Provide young people with research and analysis to elevate their voices
  • Allow young people a platform to conduct research, analysis, and provide policy reports and papers
  • Support the reimagining of a youth driven economic development strategy in The Bronx

The Thinkubator’s Institutional Review Board

What is the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.

The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing, prior to its initiation, all research (whether funded or not) involving human participants. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy. The IRB shall have at least two members of varying backgrounds in order to provide complete and adequate review of human research and its institutional, legal, scientific, and social implications. The IRB has several consultants who advise the Board and are periodically involved in protocol review.

IRB Team

Dr. Edward Summers, President and CEO

Emily Cacho, Assistant to the President

Dr. Lessie Branch

Antonio Parisi

Asantie Murrell

Elizabeth Alvarez

Dr. Edward Summers

Emily Cacho