About the Outreach Program

Institutional History

The Outreach Program opened in 1979. Since its creation, it continues to increase awareness and knowledge of Africa by providing information, materials, and services to schools, libraries, museums, the media, and community groups in New England and throughout the country. The Outreach Program is part of Boston University’s African Studies Center, established in 1953 as an interdisciplinary teaching and research center.


The K-16 Education Outreach Program is led by Dr. Elsa Wiehe, a Mauritian national, a licensed K-6 teacher and educational researcher who brings years of experience in teacher education and professional development in and about various contexts in Africa. Her email is: ewiehe@bu.edu

The Program also employees Boston University graduate  and undergraduate students who are essential members of our team. For the 2021-22 academic year, we are excited to work with Tiffany Bailey, Ph.D. student in French Language and Literature from Birmingham, Alabama; Paula Mans, artist, art educator and Masters Student in the Art Education program from Washington, D.C.; and Lea Kapur, student in International Relations and Journalism, QST’ 22. We congratulate Arianna Morrell (Wheelock ’21) on her graduation in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and thank her for her tremendous collaboration.

Title VI National Resource Centers

The Outreach Program is one of ten federally funded programs in the United States that are designed to broaden the accessibility of knowledge about Africa. All Africa NRCs are members of the African Studies Association Outreach Council and are linked online here. The constituencies we serve include, but are not limited to, the following groups:

  • K-12 students and teachers
  • Community college students and teachers
  • Companies and business organizations
  • Educational organizations

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