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.


Outreach Manager Breeanna Elliott directs the Outreach Program. Breeanna is a licensed Massachusetts history teacher with several years of experience living, working, teaching, and researching in Africa. She is an East Africanist and has engaged with secondary school and university level coursework concerning the entire continent.

The Outreach Program also employees Boston University undergraduate and graduate students who are essential members of our team. For the 2018-19 academic year, we are excited to work with undergraduate student Reana Patel QST ’20 and master’s student Hoda Yehia SPH ’20.

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

Copyright Info

All materials under Boston University copyright and available for free on our website may be downloaded for use in classrooms or by community organizations. Please contact us for permission for other uses.