Summary: NC State strives to think about how students, faculty, and staff can do more to work with the communities that surround us. Early on, NC State had extension offices across the state where people could walk in and get advice on problems—originally agriculture problems. Over time, the university added extension faculty in the different colleges, and then centers and institutes like the Institute for Emerging Issues that look for ways to share knowledge with people well beyond the campus borders.
This week’s First in Future guest is Dr. Kwesi Brookins, an Associate Professor of community psychology at NC State. He talks about how universities can work with communities, the projects he has worked on both locally and across the state, and how a kid from Chicago realized he could be a university scholar.
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