Africa in Our Lives: Kweku Brewoo

Kweku Brewoo is a recipient of a 2017 University Staff Award. As part of the University Staff Congress, Brewoo contributes to improving campus climate for all members of the UW-Madison community. These efforts come to life through events and programming like Africa Liberation Day, scheduled for May 30, 2017.

Field of study: Environmental Sociology

Hometown: Accra, Ghana

What brought you to Madison?

I came to Madison at a young age. My father was pursuing his PhD degree here at UW-Madison. I have grown up in this wonderful city since then.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I enjoy staying active and busy whenever possible; and I’m a big fan of Anime.

What has been a highlight of your time at UW-Madison?

A highlight of my time at UW-Madison was graduation. To have graduated from a prestigious university such as UW-Madison is an amazing feat. However, sharing my achievements with classmates, friends, and my mentors across campus was the icing on the cake.

Kweku Brewoo, financial specialist in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured in his office in the Education Building on April 4, 2017. Brewoo is a recipient of a 2017 University Staff Award. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Tell us about your role in the University Staff Congress.

I served as representative of district 104. My goal was to better understand the workings of the university and help make the voices of my constituents heard on issues that were important to them.

What are some initiatives you have worked in the University Staff Congress?

Discrimination in the workplace was a big topic tackled by congress. Representatives voiced the concerns of their district and worked to find resources and effective processes to address the problem. I was happy to be a part of these discussions because I believe every member of the university should feel safe no matter where they are at.

What should the campus look forward to during the Africa Liberation Day celebration this month?

I am most excited to hear from Fabu Phillips. I have had the opportunity to listen to Fabu on several occasions, and it is always a delight to hear this poet laureate. Moreover, I am excited to see University members of all backgrounds come together in community and learn about one another.

Why is the celebration of freedom in Africa important?

The celebration of freedom is important everywhere. But specifically to the continent of Africa, it’s important because it commemorates the perseverance of the African nations, and their will to overcome hardships and move forward. As the former President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah once said, “freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them.” I think this is especially important when celebrating this day, and understand that it is through our will and perseverance that we all become free.