Kwesi Brookins

Kwesi Brookins

Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

E-Mail: brooki16@msu.edu

Department Web page: /about/departments/apuoe

Kwesi Brookins is Michigan State University’s associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement. He comes to MSU from NC State University where he served as vice provost for University Outreach and Engagement, director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement, and as a professor in Applied Social and Community Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies (Africana Studies).

Throughout his years at NC State, Dr. Brookins founded the Africana Studies program where he led the establishment of the Africana Studies Major and Minor degree programs. He directed Africana Studies and the Africa Project from 1997 to 2010. During that time, he established study abroad programs in Ghana (West) and Tanzania (East) and incubated several others on the continent of Africa. Dr. Brookins also took the lead on an initiative with Wake County designed to address significant community-identified needs within the county, and the city of Raleigh. This initiative connects community partners with university faculty, students, and resources in ways that are reciprocal and designed to generate collective community impacts.

In recent years Dr. Brookins was the lead organizer and author on NC State University’s Civic Action Plan, a member of the Community of Engaged Faculty Fellows, and a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension at NC State. In 2018-19, he was an American Council of Education Fellow where he focused on best practices in urban community engagement with universities across the United States and Canada.