Kwesi Brookins

Kwesi BrookinsVice Provost for Outreach and Engagement

Dr. Kwesi Brookins serves as Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement at NC State University. In this role, Brookins works with Outreach and Engagement staff, the Engagement Operations Council and other key community partners, faculty and staff to support the unit’s mission and vision and to help achieve strategic goals.

Brookins is also the director of NC State’s Center for Family and Community Engagement, and a professor in the Department of Psychology. He joined NC State in 1997, and that year founded and became director of the Africana studies major and minor programs. His research focuses primarily on community psychology (generally) and more specifically on interventions designed to promote psychological health and development for youth and adults. 

Brookins received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Bradley University, a Master of Arts in psychology and a Ph.D. in ecological/community psychology from Michigan State University. He was a 2018-19 American Council on Education Fellow, and a 2017-18 Engagement Scholarship Fellow, University Outreach and Engagement. He was awarded an Alumni Distinguished Award for Extension and is a charter member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty in Engagement and Extension at NC State, and a Community Engaged Faculty Fellow. A member of the Society for Community Research and Action, he received the 2007 Ethnic Minority Mentor Award from Division 27 of the American Psychological Association for his work with graduate students.